Talk about a risky move. Inmates at a Texas jail are being hailed as heroes after they broke out of their holding cell to save their guard's life.
According to Daily Mail, the guard was joking around with the prisoners when he slumped over and became unconscious after what seemed to be a heart attack.
At least one inmate, Nick Kelton, thought the guard was just messing around, telling local ABC affiliate WFAA,
He just fell over. Looked like an act. Could have died right there.
Once the inmates figured out it wasn't a joke, they started making a lot of ruckus. In video of the event, you can see the inmates in distress before one of them opens up the door to the holding cell.
It's not clear how exactly the inmates were able to break out.
There are at least a half-dozen inmates and though the video has no sound, the inmates are visibly screaming and shouting to draw attention in spite of the obvious risks.
We were worried they're going to come with guns drawn on us.
But miraculously, the effort to get attention worked, and nobody was hurt. A deputy rushed in and herded the inmates back into the cell before other officers and paramedics came in.
The guard had no pulse, but paramedics were able to shock him and regain his pulse.
The first deputy in the room, Parker County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Speegle, had no idea what to expect when he came through that door, saying of the guard,
He had keys. Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.
But in the end, it seems the inmates' antics saved the guard's life, Capt. Mark Arnett said. Arnett added that it could've been 15 minutes before anyone else entered the room.
Though the inmates practically saved the man's life, their good deed didn't go unpunished: According to WFAA, the cell has now been reinforced to prevent a less well-intentioned escape in the future.
Citations: Incredible moment shackled Texas inmates bust out of holding cell to SAVE the life of armed guard who suffered a heart attack (Daily Mail), Inmates break free from cell to help ill jailer (WFAA)