You've probably been in the right place at the right time. We're not exactly sure if these inmates in a Texas jail in Weatherford were in the right place, but they made it the right time when they broke out of their jail cell to save a guard's life.
The inmates were in a minimum security holding room when the guard (who chose not to be identified) securing their cell began to suffer from what appears to have been a heart attack. The inmates then broke out of their cell.
The inmates reportedly broke free from their cell by working together to force the door open, but it's not entirely confirmed how they were able to do so. Normally, we might say hey, time to get a better prison cell. But that's definitely not the case here.
"He just fell over," said inmate Nick Kelton. "Looked like an act. [He] could have died right there." At least eight inmates broke free and checked the guard's pulse. When they determined that he indeed had no pulse, they began making as much noise as possible to draw the attention of the other guards in the building.
Parker County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Speegle said that he had no idea what to expect when he first walked onto the scene. "He had keys. Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation." But all that the inmates wanted to do was save the guard's life.
Kelton said he and his fellow inmates were only interested in doing what was right. "It never crossed my mind not to help whether he's got a gun or a badge," he said. "If he falls down, I'm gonna help him." Emergency personnel arrived and the officer was stabilized using a defibrillator.
Somewhat ironically, the jail cells at the Parker County Sheriff's office have now been reinforced. The inmates were being held for various accounts of assault and drug charges and will be tried as usual.