“The entire unit was thundering with noise,” the statement said.
The sounds woke the deputy, who managed to get up and open the cell doors before collapsing again. Three inmates rushed to help the heavily bleeding deputy and use his radio to call for aid.
“We are deeply appreciative to these three inmates for the courage, determination and kindness they displayed when they came to the rescue of our deputy,” the sheriff’s office said, adding: “They didn’t hesitate.”
The deputy survived and was recovering at home Tuesday, officials said.