When a person has poor judgment, makes a mistake and commits a crime – they are normally sent to jail. Now, that doesn’t mean they are bad people, only that they made choices. This sentiment was proven accurate recently – and it happened in the holding cell in the basement of a Texas courthouse.
On June 23, in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weathford, Park County, 8 prisoners were locked up with one guard on duty.
The guard, who chooses to keep his identity secret, was known by colleagues and prisoners alike as being a kind, light hearted man.
On the day in question, the guard, who was sitting outside of the cell and joking with the prisoners suddenly slumped down in his seat and became unconscious. To the only looking inmates, they weren’t sure what to think.
“He just fell over,” said inmate Nick Kelton. “Looked like an act. Could have died right there.”
Kelton, along with other inmates began shouting for help when they realized that this was no act. Kelton and the inmates were faced with a difficult decision, especially as being locked up is less than ideal for administering medical attention.
Throwing caution to the wind, the inmates began banging hard against the cell door, eventually, with the force of all behind it, were able to break the door open. Although in doing so, they potentially made things difficult for themselves, as an inmate breaking out of a cell is, in and of itself, a crime.
“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” Kelton said.
The inmates rushed up to the guard, now on the floor and still unconscious. He had no pulse.
The inmates began to scream and banged on the doors. They made such a loud noise that the deputies upstairs came racing down.
“They thought it was a fight,” said inmate Floyd Smith.
“They thought we were taking over.”
When Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle rushed down from upstairs, he says he didn’t know what to expect.
Referring to the unconscious guard, Speegle states “He had keys…had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.
After corralling the inmates back into the cell, and still not sure what was going on, deputies called administered CPR and called 911. Still unresponsive when they arrived, paramedics shocked the guard and were able to regain a pulse. It is suspected that the guard suffered a heart attack.
When asked why he helped the guard, prisoner Kelton simply shrugged, “He’s a good man.”
Now if this story doesn’t help you restore faith in humanity, we don’t know what will.