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May-01-2010 19:22printcomments

Inmates on Work Crew Save Deputy's Life

"According to EMS responders, the inmates' quick thinking and immediate action help to save the deputy's life" -Lt. Mary Lindstrand, MCSO

46-year old James Robert Parker, serving time for Contempt of Court, and 45-year old Michael Wayne Smith, down on an Assault charge, thought fast and helped save a deputy's life on a jail work crew.
46-year old James Robert Parker, serving time for Contempt of Court, and 45-year old Michael Wayne Smith, down on an Assault charge, thought fast and helped save a deputy's life on a jail work crew. Photo courtesy: MCSO

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office inmate work crew helped save a deputy's life‏ Friday. Lt. Mary Lindstrand, Public Information Officer with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, says around 3:00 p.m. Friday, an MCSO Corrections deputy was overcome with medical complications while he and his inmate work crew were rendering aid to a stranded motorist.

"The deputy was given medical assistance by his two work crew inmates and an unidentified Good Samaritan. The inmates used the stranded motorist's cell phone to call 911."

Lindstrand says the inmates started CPR with verbal assistance from a 911 dispatcher. The Good Samaritan, who was a medical doctor, also assisted with treatment until EMS arrived. The deputy was transported by AMR to a nearby hospital.

The deputy is a 25-year veteran of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. His family has asked that his name not be released at this time. The deputy is listed in guarded condition in the ICU.

The inmates that rendered assistance were 46-year old James Robert Parker, serving time for Contempt of Court, and 45-year old Michael Wayne Smith, who is incarcerated on an Assault conviction. Each of the men weigh 225 pounds. Parker also stands 6'5".

"According to EMS responders, the inmates' quick thinking and immediate action help to save the deputy's life," Lindstrand said.




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May 2, 2010 7:51 am (Pacific time)

If any one should get an early release; these two should have been released yesterday.


gp May 2, 2010 3:39 am (Pacific time)

I agree Joe, and of course if you are loaded with dough or have connections, there ain't no jail time at all. Remember, Laura Bush was drunk when she killed someone with her car. And of course there is OJ. Justice is a mirage. Most people in jail are in jail for being poor. With bucks in the bank one usually can avoid it. This is a great article, it gives a humanitarian sympathy to people who have landed in jail for what ever reason.


Joe May 1, 2010 7:50 pm (Pacific time)

People need to know that the inmates who work out of the prisons are generally just people who screwed up and are doing their time they aren't weirdos, In Oregon no sex offenders or seriouse person to person convicts are allowed on outside work crews so good job guys.

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