A group of prison inmates have risked their own lives, breaking out of their cell to help an unconscious prison guard.
The eight prisoners witnessed the guard slump over and – when he didn’t respond to their shouts – threw their combined weight against the cell door, forcing it open, reports Russia Today.
Inmate Nick Kelton told WFAA-TV:
He just fell over, It looked like he could have died right there.
Still handcuffed and shackled – the prisoners found the guard with no pulse and continued to yell, trying to get the attention of officers upstairs in the District Courts Building.
Finally – as one of the group reached for the guard’s radio to call for help – police rushed in and corralled the inmates before realising there was a medical emergency.
Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle said officers didn’t know what to expect when they burst in:
[One of them] had keys, [there was] a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.
When they realised what was going on, deputies started CPR, before paramedics arrived and shocked the guard to restart his heart.
Capt. Mark Arnett believes the prisoners saved the guard’s life:
He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him.
Great work guys – it’s not clear what they had been arrested for, but they may have bought themselves a little leniency int he eyes of the law there…