Inmates rushed to aid the North Carolina deputy overseeing them pick up trash when he collapsed on a road. Despite their efforts to call 911 and look after him, Deputy James Smith died at the hospital.

Chief Deputy Larry Guyton of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said "it means a lot to law enforcement" that the inmates stayed at Smith's side and rushed to get him help. They even flagged down a passing motorist and asked him to call 911 for help.

Smith, a roadside supervisor with the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, suffered a stroke while working with three inmates along a road in Elizabethtown last week, the sheriff's office said. He was 62.