How would you expect hardened criminals to behave, after realizing that the jailer that kept them locked up had suddenly suffered a heart attack? Prisoners at a Dallas jail had a startling reaction, after realizing a guard had suddenly slumped over unconscious.
It happened on June 23 in a holding cell in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weatherford.
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.”He just fell over,” said inmate Nick Kelton. “Looked like an act. Could have died right there.”Kelton and other inmates began shouting for help. Then they managed to bust out of their holding room, even though they knew it was dangerous.
“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” Kelton said.
Though the inmates were concerned that police would enter and draw their guns on them, they raised their voices and created such a commotion that officers above in the courtroom responded.
According to inmate Floyd Smith, the officers thought a fight had broken out. However, once they saw what had taken place, Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle made sure the inmates were then put back into their holding cell, as other deputies began to administer CPR.
After paramedics arrived to the scene, they swiftly administered shock to the guard, who then regained his pulse. Kelton was glad to see the guard was ok following the traumatic incident, saying, “he’s a good man.”
“I watched him die twice,” he recalled. “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.”
“He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him,” said Capt. Mark Arnett.
The room the inmates so easily broke out of to assist the guard has since been reinforced.
It’s refreshing to see that despite these prisoner’s troubling past, they still have compassion for their fellow man, and sprung into action to help when they saw another person in need.
H/T [Freedom Post]