WARNER ROBINS -- A detention center inmate who fell ill Monday while on a work detail in Centerville died of natural causes.
Tony Gregory Dekle, 33, died from heart failure, said Rachad Hollis, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Corrections. No foul play is suspected.
Centerville Police Chief Sid Andrews said a Georgia Department of Corrections van pulled up to the police department about 2:20 p.m. with Dekle, who was unresponsive.
Firefighters from the station next to the police department tried to revive Dekle, who was not breathing and did not have a pulse, Andrews said. An ambulance took Dekle to the hospital.
Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said the body was sent to the GBI crime lab in Macon.
Rodney Wall, special agent in charge of the GBI office, said the GBI is not investigating. Its not unusual for another agency to ask the GBI crime lab to conduct the autopsy.
Oliver Bridges, the DOC supervisor, told police that Dekle had gotten sick on the work detail, Andrews said.
According to the police report, Bridges told Dekle to go sit in the work detail van and cool off in the air conditioning when he wasnt feeling well. The probationers were working in the 100 block of Arnold Drive. Bridges later found Dekle unconscious and drove him to the Centerville Police Department for help.
Houston Healthcare emergency medical workers took Dekle from the police department to Houston Medical Center.
The McEver Probation Detention Center, located in Perry, is a state DOC facility for confining probationers.
The inmates, typically garbed in brown jail jumpsuits, mow and cut grass in Centerville as part of a state DOC work detail Monday through Thursday, Andrews said.
Why Dekle was on probation was not immediately available.
He previously served about nine months in prison for 1998 convictions for the sale and distribution of cocaine, according to the state prison inmate online inquiry.
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