Inmates break free from cell to help ill jailer

When you treat people nicely, they will treat you nicely as well.

A group of inmates in Weatherford, Texas, broke out of their holding room to aid a nearby guard who had a medical emergency.

The guard at the District Courts Building slumped over after he joked with the prisoners, and suffered ‘an apparent heart attack’, WFAA reported. One of the inmates, Nick Kelton, recalled the June 23 incident saying: ‘He just fell over. Looked like an act. Could have died right there.’ The prisoners yelled for assistance and got out of the cell – and found no pulse, according to the station. They made lots of noise, hollering and banging on doors, which prompted deputies to go downstairs and respond, according to WFAA.

Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle saw the inmates standing over the guard, before getting them into the holding room again, its report said.

Speegle told WFAA: ‘He had keys. Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.’ Deputies performed CPR and paramedics shocked the man, the station reported. His pulse returned. Kelton described the guard to WFAA as ‘a good man’.

He said: ‘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 down, I’m gonna help him.’

Capt. Mark Arnett told the station that the guard was probably saved by the inmates.

The holding cell has been reinforced, it was reported.