An East Texas jailer is dead after suffering a heart attack while helping an inmate.
Just after 6 o’clock Friday evening, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Jail staff responded to a medical emergency with an inmate housed at the Marvin A. Smith Criminal Justice Facility.
The MAS facility is a minimum security prison, just north of Kilgore.
Jailer Robert E. Ransom, 62, suffered an apparent heart attack while providing medical assistance to the inmate.
Both the inmate and Officer Ransom were transferred to the hospital for treatment.
Officer Ransom was unable to be revived and was pronounced deceased at the hospital by Justice of the Peace Tim Bryan.
The inmate was treated and later returned to the jail.
Ransom served the citizens of Gregg County since October of 2005. Prior to his employment with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Robert began his career in Law Enforcement in 1980 as a Deputy Sheriff for the Porter County Sheriff’s Office in Valparaiso, Indiana.