After a week’s worth of grim news about cops, here one that will restore your faith in humanity. The incident happened at the end of June, when a Texas Jailer had a heart attack. He’s alive today becasue a group of Texas inmates risked their lives and broke out of their holding cell to save him.

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The video below shows the surveillance footage from the District Courts Building in Weatherford, Texas. Eight prisoners were locked in a holding cell in the basement of the building. The guard monitoring the group had been talking with the inmates in a cordial manner, when he suddenly slumped over.

“He just fell over,” inmate Nick Kelton said. “Looked like an act. Could have died right there.”

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Kelton and the other inmates thought he might have had a heart attack, so the yelled for for help.When no one came, they made a conscious decision that put their own lives in danger. They left their holding cell.

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

They checked out the jailer and found he had no pulse. They yelled more, and banged on the doors of the buildings. The racket was heard by deputies in the courtroom upstairs.

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

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Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle was the first on the scene, and he thought the inmates had overpowered their guard.

“He had keys,” Speegle said. “Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.”

When the deputies entered the holding cell, they found the inmates, still handcuffed and the unresponsive guard. One of the prisoners was reaching for the jailer’s radio–on the belt near his gun.

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We were going to call ‘“Mayday’ or something,’” Kelton said.

Sgt. Speegle, calmly moved the inmates back into the cell while deputies performed CPR.  And it worked. When paramedics arrived, they were able to shock the jailer back to life.

“He’s a good man,” Kelton said about his jailer.

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Capt. Mark Arnett recognized that the actions of the inmates, and their risky decisions, saved the man’s life.

“He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him,” he said. Screengrab of WFAA 8 ABC's story on inmates in a prison breaking out of their cell to save a guard who had a heart attack 7/8/16 WFAA 8 ABC
Screengrab of WFAA 8 ABC’s story on inmates in a prison breaking out of their cell to save a guard who had a heart attack

“It never crossed my mind not to help,” Kelton said of the jailer–who hasn’t been identified.  “Whether he’s got a gun or a badge. If he falls down, I’m gonna help him.”

“Seems natural to me,” Smith said.

Ironically, the room that the prisoners so easily escaped from has since been re-secured.

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