ATHENS, Ga. (FOX 5 News) - A newly hired Walton County Sheriff’s deputy is being called a hero for his recent actions as a cadet. He and several others were in training when a fellow cadet from Newton County suffered a heart attack.
So, it’s been a lifesaving journey for Deputy Ben Hammond to get behind the wheel of a Walton County squad car.
It started when Hammond was in training in Athens. He and other cadets were driving back to the academy after physical training.
Hammond saw a cadet from Newton County veer off the road.
“He managed to miss a lot of trees and fences and came into contact with a house going about 30 miles an hour,” said Deputy Hammond.
The deputy said he and the others pulled over then pulled the unconscious cadet out of his car.
Fortunately, Hammond said he and the others had completed CPR training the day before.
Hammond was first to apply the lifesaving technique.
“We dragged him onto a flat surface on the driveway of the house and realized he was not breathing and so we started performing CPR on him,” said Deputy Hammond.
He relayed how he and another cadet from White County performed CPR for about ten minutes until EMT’s transported the still unconscious cadet to the hospital.
“In our mind he was not breathing. He had no heartbeat when the EMT’s got there,” said Deputy Hammond.
He told FOX 5 News they later learned the cadet had recovered but wasn’t able to attend graduation a week and a half ago.
That’s when Hammond and the others from White County, Barrow County and the Juvenile Justice Department, were surprised with a lifesaving award from Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown.
“And I will forever be in your debt for saving my officers life, thank you again,” Sheriff Brown told the crowd from a podium with the four deputies alongside him.
The new deputy said it was teamwork that saved a fellow lawman. He told Fox 5 News he does not consider himself a hero.
“I don’t believe so I think I’m just another normal person who was in the right place at the right time,” said Deputy Hammond.
His girlfriend, Aubrey Gold, said Ben Hammond is the right person at the right time.
“He wants people to be protected. He’s the change that we want to see in law enforcement and the things we really want people to be. That’s something like really noteworthy and someone worthy of being called a hero,” said Gold.
A representative from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 5 News the cadet who suffered a heart attack is still recovering and will be forever grateful to the fellow lawman who saved his life.