Shelby County Inmate Will Be Honored For Saving Life

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Tyteaddis Johnson, who is currently serving time at the Shelby County Corrections Center for aggravated burglary, left a work detail to rescue a woman from her vehicle after it flipped over in a car crash.

Now Johnson will be honored in a ceremony Tuesday morning (Oct. 14th) at 10 a.m., at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office/Shelby County Corrections Center Training Academy (993 Dovecrest) in classroom #6.

Johnson was assign to a grass-cutting crew near Memphis International Airport on July 21st when he witnessed a car crash at Brooks and Airways. A car turning west onto Brooks from Airways hit a car driven by Margaret Dobbs, and then Dobbs' car struck another vehicle and flipped over, trapping her upside down. Johnson ran to the scene, cut Dobbs' seatbelt with lawn shears, and pulled the woman from her car. Then he kept her calm as they waited for an ambulance.

"Incidents of this type are very rare. Inmates are to always remain at their posts on work crews. However, Mr. Johnson realized Ms. Dobbs was injured and quickly went to her aid,” said Bill Gupton, Director of the Shelby County Corrections Center.

Dobbs will join Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Director Gupton, and other corrections center staff to honor Johnson in the ceremony on Tuesday.

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