By Morgan Murphy and Anna Riley
For the Opelika Observer
What started off as a normal Thursday morning at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office quickly turned into a lifesaving effort.
An unidentified staff member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office suffered a massive heart attack, and Sheriff Jay Jones was the first to discover the employee unconscious on the floor. He said he immediately began performing CPR, along with other life-saving efforts, while he called 911 for help.
Within minutes, Opelika Fire Department members and paramedics arrived and found that the victim had a pulse.
Jones expressed his gratitude to the first responders who came to their aid.
“We are all extremely thankful help was easily there for her,” Jones said.
The victim was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.
First responders and hospital staff acknowledged that Jones’s efforts saved his employee’s life, but he humbly stated that it was a team effort.
“We have to just thank everyone that helped,” Jones said.