In a Texas courthouse, the most bizarre thing happened. Inmates decided to break out of a holding cell not to escape, but to save the life of a prison guard having a heart attack.
The happened in Parker County on June 23, in a District Court Building basement. When the inmates were joking around with a guard, he fell over and slipped unconscious.
The eight prisoners were locked in a holding cell had no idea what was wrong with the guard.
“He just fell over,” said Nick Kelton, one of the inmates. “Looked like an act. Could have died right there.”
The inmates escaped the holding room to check the jailer’s pulse. He was having a heart attack and the inmates knew they had to something fast.
They were worried that if they yelled and banged on doors, it might alarm other officers who might misinterpret the situation.
“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” said Kelton.
The inmates knew the only chance to save the guard’s life was to cause enough ruckus to alert other deputies upstairs. The guards eventually came running down.
“They thought it was a fight,” said inmate Floyd Smith. “They thought we were taking over.”
When Parker County Sheriff, Sgt. Ryan Speegle arrived downstairs, he saw the inmates handcuffed and standing over the unconscious guard.
“He had keys,” Speegle said. “Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.”
Other deputies arrived and begun performing CPR on the guard until the paramedics arrived. They shocked the guard until he was able to regain a pulse.
Instead of trying to steal the keys or the guard’s gun, the inmates miraculously only focused on the guard’s life.
“We were going to call ‘“Mayday’ or something,’” Kelton said. “He’s a good man.”
Police Captain Mark Arnett, said the prisoners did in fact save the guard’s life. “He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him,” he said.
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