Houston: A group of eight handcuffed inmates in the US state of Texas busted out of their cell and saved the life of a prison guard having a heart attack.

A screengrab from the CCTV footage of the prison
A screengrab from the CCTV footage of the prison

The eight inmates were locked up in a holding cell at the District Courts Building in Fort Worth city when the incident happened. The only guard posted next to the cell had been cracking jokes with the inmates when he suddenly collapsed in his chair due to a cardiac arrest. The prisoners then began shouting for help but no one was there nearby.

In the meantime, one of the prisoners managed to break the cell door open and the group approached the fallen guard who had no pulse at that time. The inmates began screaming for help in a bid to get someone down to the cell.
Deputies upstairs in court heard the ruckus and rushed down. “It never crossed my mind not to help whether he’s got a gun or a badge. If he falls down, I’m gonna help him,” inmate Nick Kelton said.

When officers finally arrived, they locked up the inmates and called emergency services and started performing CPR on the guard. Medics used a defibrillator to shock the guard, and his heart started beating again.