A group of Texas inmates busted out of their holding cell in June but they won’t be getting in any trouble for the escape.
That’s because their quick actions saved the life of the man who was guarding them, NBC News reported.
The unidentified officer was talking to the inmates, in the basement of the Weatherford District Courts Building, as they awaited their court appearances, when he suddenly collapsed on the floor.
“He was just talking to them, and he just kind of collapsed,” Capt. Mark Arnett said Saturday. “As soon as the jailer went down, they started to yell.”
But no one heard them, so they decided to take more drastic measures and broke out of the holding cell.
“They grabbed his radio and tried to radio for help,” Arnett told NBC News.
Deputies who were upstairs came down and called for emergency personnel, according to NBC News.
“He stopped breathing,” Arnett said. “They couldn’t find a pulse on him.”
Fortunately, rescue workers performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save his life.
“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” inmate Nick Kelton told ABC affiliate WFAA.
Instead, they are being hailed as heroes.
“They definitely saved his life. There’s no doubt about that,” Arnett said.
The officer is now in good health and set to return to work on Monday.
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