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North Carolina prisoners on the road help of the project officer after a stroke, sheriff’s office says

The Blades County, N. C., Sheriff’s Office. Three detainees helped a part-time sheriff’s office employee who have suffered a stroke, officials said.
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Three North Carolina inmates have been honored for the help of a part-time sheriff’s office employee who have suffered a stroke, while supervision along the way clean up duty.

According to the Sheets County Sheriff’s Office, along the road supervisor James Smith “suffered a medical condition” while working with the inmates in Elizabethtown Wednesday.

“Those prisoners, stood with Mr. Smith and stopped the traffic to get help for him,” said the sheriff’s office, which noted that “there were so many other options [prisoners] would have taken it.”

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The Blades Magazine identified the prisoners as Roy William Smith, Rosendo Morales-Sanchez, and Franklin Edens, Jr., and said that the three 911 with James Smith’s cell phone and waited with him until help came.

Sheets County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton told local news outlets that James Smith was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville and later moved to the Duke University Hospital. A family member told WECT that Smith was resting and recovering in the hospital intensive care unit.

All three prisoners were given special awards during a promotion ceremony Thursday afternoon. The men told the station had a good relationship with the supervisor, who had treated them.

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“He is a good man. He is more than a police-officer,” Roy Smith said. “He is more or less like my friend. He is just a really good man all around.”

“At the end of the day, knowing that he is OK, that makes you feel better,” Edens said.”

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