Inmates Can Also be Heroes

On 24 June 2013, in Maricopa County, Arizona, an inmate attacked detention officer Rachel Harris and bit off and possibly swallowed part of her ear. Other inmates came to Ms. Harris’ assistance and pulled the attacker off her. Surveillance cameras recorded the attack and rescue. Ms. Harris told a group of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office inmates, “I just want to say thank you to those of you who did help me. I really don’t know if I would have came out with anything more if you guys didn’t help me, so thank you.” Ricky Shillingford and Andrew Davis were the first two inmates to help Ms. Harris. Mr. Shillingford said, “He had her in a chokehold. I saw the blood was coming from her ears.” Mr. Davis said, “I seen her on the floor, crunched over, hunched over. I snatched him off of her. He took a swing at me and went back toward her.” Ms. Harris said, “I felt him being pulled off of me, and I knew they were over there helping me.” The inmates said that Ms. Harris and her father, who is also a detention officer, treat them with respect, and so they helped her when she needed help. Mr. Davis said, “Right is right and wrong is wrong. We make mistakes to get in here, but hey, if you can correct your mistakes, why not?”  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gave the inmate heroes a pizza party.

For Further Information: “Inmates who rescued detention officer from suspect get pizza feast.” KSAZ (Phoenix, Arizona). 25 June 2013; updated 30 June 2013

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