WEATHERFORD, Texas - A corrections officer survived a heart attack after inmates broke free from their cell to help him, WFAA reported.â¨â¨Eight prisoners were behind a locked door on June 23 in the holding cell of the District Courts Building in Parker County when the officer slumped over after joking with them.â¨â¨
"He just fell over," inmate Nick Kelton told the station. "Looked like an act. Could have died right there."
â¨â¨After Kelton and the other inmates realized something was wrong, they started yelling for help. When no one came, they broke out of the holding room.â¨â¨The guard didn't have a pulse, so the inmates started shouting and banging on doors so loudly that deputies upstairs thought there was a fight. Deputies told the station they didnât know what to expect when they got downstairs.
"He had keys," Sgt. Ryan Speegle said. "Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation."
â¨â¨When deputies realized what was going on, they got the inmates and began CPR on the officer. Capt. Mark Arnett said the prisoners likely saved the officer's life.â¨â¨The officer has not been identified and is expected to return to work next week.â¨â¨"I watched him die twice," Kelton said. "It never crossed my mind not to help whether heâs got a gun or a badge. If he falls down, I'm gonna help him."
The room the inmates broke out of has been reinforced.