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Inmates breakout of holding cell to save the life of jail guard

July 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Inmates breakout of holding cell to save the life of jail guard

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A Texas jail guard in who suffered an apparent heart attack owes his life to a group of inmates who broke out of a locked cell to call for help after seeing him pass out.

According to WFAA-TV in Dallas, the officer was watching the prisoners in the basement of the Parker County Courthouse in Weatherford on June 23 when he collapsed to the floor.

“He just fell over, looked like an act. He could have died right there,” said inmate Nick Kelton, a meth addict in jail for the fourth time.

At the time of the incident, there were eight detainees in the holding cell. When the jailer collapsed, they shouted for help then managed to break out of the holding cell all while shackled.

At that moment the guard had no pulse, which is when the inmates started banging on doors and screaming loud enough that deputies came running downstairs.

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

Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle said when he arrived downstairs he had no idea what to expect. He had keys and a gun on him. It could have been an extremely dangerous situation,” Speegle said.

“They thought it was a fight and thought we had taken over,”  said inmate Floyd Smith, who ironically was arrested for assaulting a public servant.

“I watched him die twice; It never crossed my mind not to help whether he’s got a gun or a badge. If he falls, I’m going to help him. Seems natural to me,” Smith added.

Paramedics finally arrived and shocked the guard, who regained a pulse as the inmates watched the guard’s life return from the brink of death.

In another twist to the outlandish story, the holding cell that the inmates broke out to raise the alarm has since been reinforced.


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