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Sergeant's heroic efforts save life at Laurel County Correctional Center

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

LAUREL Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Jailer Jamie Mosley said one sergeant's heroic efforts saved an inmate's life at the Laurel County Correctional Center.

However, Sergeant Matthew Deaton said his instincts took over on January 1st and he was just doing his job.

"First thing that runs through my mind is to try to resuscitate him," said Sgt. Matthew Deaton. "Try to bring him back to life and prevent him from harming himself any further."

On Wednesday night Deaton said he found a 25-year-old male inmate unconscious.

The correctional officer said the prisoner was attempting to take his own life.

"I said how are you doing and I got no response from him," Deaton said. "I took another step forward into the cell and that's when I saw him."

Jailer Jamie Mosley said incidents like this one are not uncommon in inmate centers.

"He had basically taken one of the blankets provided by the facility and tied it around one of the upright posts of the inmate bunk," Mosley said.

This is when Sergeant Deaton began CPR.

Mosley said, all of this, is thanks to an unscheduled cell check.

"The sergeant was actually taking care of another task on the second floor and just felt his intuition tell him that he needed to do an extra check," said Mosley.

He said all of his officers are trained for scenarios just like this one and their next step is helping the prisoner.

"Now comes the tough part in providing care, counseling and hoping that we can do something to turn him around," said Mosley.

Looking back on everything Deaton said he is glad he could help.

Mosley said an interview did indicate the inmate has a history of drug and alcohol abuse as well as depression.

He said these could all be contributing factors to his attempt.

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