Every now and then news of a jailbreak or prison break will capture the nation’s attention, usually because it signals the start of a manhunt for some dangerous and unwieldy criminals.
But a recent prison break in Texas didn’t follow the typical script. In fact, these criminals used their one chance at freedom to do a good deed – and save a life.
As 12 News reports, eight prisoners were behind a locked door in their cell, with just a single guard there to watch over them. The inmates and the guard were telling stories to pass the time, swapping jokes, but suddenly the guard slumped over unconscious.
“He just fell over,” inmate Nick Kelton told 12 News. “Looked like an act. Could have died right there.”
It wasn’t an act, and the severity of the situation quickly became evident to the inmates, who began to yell and scream for help. Together, they managed to bust out of their holding room, even though they knew that doing so could have landed them significant increases in jail time.
They decided to take the risk all the same – not to escape, but to come to the guard’s aid.
12 News reports:
The guard had no pulse. Inmates raised such a ruckus that deputies upstairs in court came running.
“They thought it was a fight,” inmates Floyd Smith told 12 News. “They thought we were taking over.”
Sgt. Speegle corralled the inmates, still not completely understanding what was happening, back into the cell. Deputies started CPR and the paramedics arrived and shocked the guard, who regained a pulse. Inmates watched life returning.
Capt. Mark Arnett believes prisoners certainly helped the guard, and likely saved him.
Head over to 12 News for the full story.