WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP/WRIC) — Authorities say several inmates at a Texas jail broke out of a holding cell to help save an armed guard after they saw him lose consciousness.
The jailer continues to recover from an apparent heart attack. The June 23 incident was captured on surveillance video at the district courts building in Weatherford.
At least eight inmates were in a basement holding cell when the lone guard slumped and fell. Inmates yelled for help, broke out of the cell and banged on doors.
Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the basement, thinking there was a fight. After rounding up the inmates, deputies summoned paramedics, who revived the guard.
Parker County sheriff’s Capt. Mark Arnett believes the inmates actions saved the man’s life.
“He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him,” Arnett said.
One of the inmates involved, Nick Kelton, said that it was the right thing to do.
“I mean, it never crossed my mind whether he has a gun or a badge … if he falls down, I’m going to help him,” Kelton said.
Deputies on the scene started CPR and the paramedics arrived shortly thereafter. Paramedics were able to use a defibrillator to bring back the deputy’s pulse.