Inmates break out of cell to save prison guard's life

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Joe Torres has the story.

At least eight prisoners in Parker County, Texas, were behind a locked door with one armed guard across the room. Suddenly, the guard slumps unconscious.

"He just fell over. It looked like an act or something, and he died right there," said inmate Nick Kelton.

Kelton and other inmates shouted for help then managed to bust out of their holding room, even though they knew that was dangerous.

Kelton said he is a meth addict facing his fourth trip to prison.

"We were a little worried because they were going to come with their guns drawn on us," Kelton added.

The guard had no pulse. Inmates screamed and banged on doors so loudly that deputies upstairs in court came running.

Sgt. Ryan Speegle rushed in first to corral the inmates, still not completely understanding what was happening. Deputies started CPR, and paramedics arrived and shocked the guard, who regained the pulse. Inmates watched life returning.

Parker County Sheriff's Capt. Mark Arnett believed the prisoners certainly helped the guard and likely saved him.

"He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him," said Capt. Arnett.

To show one's true stripes is to reveal one's true character. Nick Kelton and the others went to court expected to do time, not to give it.

"I mean, it never crossed my mind, whether he has a gun or a badge. If he falls down, I'm going to help him," Kelton said. "It seems natural to me."

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