Houston, July 11: Eight prison inmates, all handcuffed, proved the judiciary wrong. Arrested for various crimes, they showed humanity at the right time. They broke out of their cells and saved the life of a prison guard having a heart attack. The inmates were locked up in a holding cell at the District Courts Building in Fort Worth City when the incident happened.
the guard was cracking jokes with the inmates when he collapsed suddenly in his chair due to cardiac arrest. The prisoners began shouting for help but there was no one nearby. In the meantime, one prisoner managed to break the cell door and the group came to the guard's aid who was not showing any pulse at that time.
The inmates kept screaming for help and started banging on the doors in a desparate bid to draw someone's attention. Deputies upstairs heard the ruckus and rushed down thinking the worse kind of situation. But when they found what had happened, they called the paramedics immediately after locking back the inmates.
Captain Mark Arnett said that the inmates breaking the prison may have saved the guard's life. He further added, "He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him." The officers then started performing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the breathless guard in a bid to save him. On arrival, the medics used a defibrillator to administer shock to the guard before his heart started beating again.
Meanwhile on the flip side, the cell's locks have been strengthened after the inmates escaped.