Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
A group of eight inmates from a Texas jail broke through the bars of a basement holding cell to assist a prison guard who had a sudden heart attack. All while still being handcuffed and shackled.
On June 23, an unidentified prison guard fell over with an apparent heart attack. Initially, they tried to cry out for help but with no avail. So, they broke through the cell at the building in Weatherford, Texas and pounded on the doors and screamed for help.
“He just fell over, looked like an act or something; he could’ve died right there” inmate Nick Kelton told WFFA.
Kelton also told the news station that they were worried that the guards would turn their guns on them, thinking the opposite of what was happening.
They were so loud that backup came rushing in.
Sgt. Ryan Speegle was totally dumbfounded at what he saw when he came downstairs.
“They thought it was a fight, that thought we were taking over” inmate Floyd Smith told interviewers.
As a result of not having a full understanding of what was actually going on, Speegle bustled the inmates back into the cell.
He said: “he had keys, had a gun. It could’ve been an extremely bad situation”.
Deputies began to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived. After which did the guard regain consciousness.
Cpt. Mark Arnett said that the inmates most likely saved the guard’s life. He commented: “He could have been the 15 minutes before any other staff or county personnel walked in and found in”.
Kelton is addicted to meth and on his fourth prison conviction.
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
He said: “He’s a good man” “It never crossed my mind not to help whether he’s got a gun or a badge, if he falls down, I’m gonna help him”.
“Seems natural to me” Smith said.
Apparently, the cell that they broke out of has been modified for better strength and durability.
Watch the video of the heroic act below!