Possible early release for one inmate deemed a hero

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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - They call it a good deed. Police say an inmate on work release kept a woman from being abducted.

We first told you about Chris Tuttle on Monday. Police say the Taylor County inmate and a Campbellsville city worker saw a woman struggling with a stranger and stepped in to help.

And that action could earn Tuttle his freedom early.

"He was put in jail for doing wrong. He should be rewarded for doing right," said Hack Marcum, the Taylor County Detention Center Jailer.

He says he was in the right place at the right time while on work release.

"I did what anybody would have hopefully done," said Chris Tuttle, the work release inmate.

But others are recognizing what he did as much more than that.

"When this inmate went above and beyond maybe to save a person's life or at least keep her from physical harm, we think he should be rewarded," said Jailer Marcum.

He saved a young woman from possibly being abducted and hurt.

And because of that, 28-year-old Chris Tuttle could be seeing his family a little sooner than expected.

Tuttle is behind bars at the Taylor County Detention Center as a state inmate for breaking into another man's home and was supposed to get out in nearly 40 days.

"We hope he gets out early," said Jailer Marcum.

And the jailer says he hopes Tuttle's story shines a positive light on work release inmates.

"When they see something that's wrong in the community, they know. They are not all bad people. There have been a lot of citizens out of jail that would have seen that and just stood there and watched. He didn't. He had the initiative to go there and do something about it. And we are very proud of him," said Jailer Marcum.

His early release will depend on what the Department of Corrections in Frankfort decides.

"I do think he's a hero," said Jailer Marcum.

For now, officials say Tuttle is just thankful for a possibility to get home sooner.

Officials with the Department of Corrections tell us his early release has been discussed.

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