2 Ala. COs honored for saving inmate’s life
Officers perform CPR on unresponsive inmate
By C1 Staff
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — After saving an inmate’s life, two corrections officers with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office were honored.
Corporal Jackie McNatt and Officer Andrew Vikers were presented with the “Lifesaving Award” Monday morning by the Limestone County Commission.
On the morning of March 10, Officers McNatt and Vikers responded to an emergency call placed by an inmate who reported a woman wasn’t breathing.
Sheriff Mike Blakely told FOX 6 that a young woman overdosed on heroin and had gone into cardiac arrest when the two officers immediately performed CPR and revived the inmate.
“Soon as they got back there, they recognized this was a serious situation. This person, for all practical purposes,” Blakely said, “was dead.”
“It makes you feel good that you were able to help people,” McNatt told the publication. “Because that’s what law enforcement is all about.”
After the incident, Vikers said that “In my morning prayer, I throw that in for all inmates up there, that they turn their lives around. Most of them are good people who did something bad. So hopefully, this lady will take this opportunity the man upstairs gave her and do the right thing.”
McNatt and Vikers were hired by the sheriff’s office eleven years ago, and have worked together ever since.
“You just go in and try to save their life. You don’t think about anything else,” said McNatt. “It was a regular day. We were doing everything we do everyday.”