Prisoners break out of cell to save dying guard

Bad things have been happening all over the world, so here’s a bit of feel good news – out of Texas even!

A prison guard who had an apparent heart attack outside a holding cell in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weatherford was saved by inmates who broke out of the cell to save him.

WFAA reports that on June 23rd, the unnamed guard fell over and appeared to be in distress.

“At least eight prisoners were behind a locked door in a small room off to one side. Their lone guard sat outside and had been joking with them when he slumped over unconscious.”

The inmates shouted for help but when it didn’t get there fast enough they busted out, even though it was obviously a pretty risky move. They yelled and banged on doors until someone came.

“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” said inmate Nick Kelton.

Another inmate, Floyd Smith, said, “They thought it was a fight. They thought we were taking over.”

Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle says the guard had keys and a gun and that “It could have been an extremely bad situation.” But it wasn’t, which is nice

Guard rounded up the inmates and put them back in the cell. Deputies administered CPR to the guard, who had no pulse, and he was brought back.

“He’s a good man,” said Kelton. He also said, “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.”

Capt. Mark Arnett says the prisoners likely saved the guard’s life.

The cell they broke out of has since been reinforced. So, if it happens again the next person is SOL I guess.

Here’s video: