Inmates break free from cell to help ill jailer


WFAA (Dallas):

Inmates break free from cell to help ill jailer

A Parker County jailer who had an apparent heart attack may very well be alive thanks to inmates who put themselves at risk to help him. It happened on June 23 in a holding cell in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weatherford.
At least eight prisoners were behind a locked door in a small room off to one side. Their lone guard sat outside and had been joking with them when he slumped over unconscious.
“He just fell over," said inmate Nick Kelton. "Looked like an act. Could have died right there.”
Kelton and other inmates began shouting for help. Then they managed to bust out of their holding room, even though they knew it was dangerous.

“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us," Kelton said Thursday.
The guard had no pulse. Inmates screamed and banged on doors. They raised such a ruckus that deputies upstairs in court came running.
“They thought it was a fight,” said inmate Floyd Smith. “They thought we were taking over.”
Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle says he didn’t know what to expect when he got downstairs.
“He had keys," Speegle said. “Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.”

Speegle rushed in first to see inmates in their gray and white stripes and handcuffed and shackled standing over an unresponsive guard. One prisoner reached for the radio, which was near the gun.
“We were going to call ‘“Mayday’ or something,’” Kelton said.
Sgt. Speegle corralled the inmates, still not completely understanding what was happening, back into the cell. Deputies started CPR and the paramedics arrived and shocked the guard, who regained a pulse. Inmates watched life returning.
“He’s a good man,” Kelton shrugged.
Kelton calls himself a meth addict facing his fourth trip to prison. Says he just can’t stay clean.
Capt. Mark Arnett believes prisoners certainly helped the guard, and likely saved him.


that is an uplifting story.


It’s nice to read something positive for a change.


Nice story.

In one sense, part of me was hopeful the inmates were black. It could have been a source of healing in regards to the racial tensions today with the police.


Hopefully a good word will be put in for them at any parole hearings


Wonderful! :):D:thumbsup::yup::clapping::bounce:


Just imagining the danger they put themselves into makes me appreciate the act more! God bless them…


Excellent! :smiley: :thumbsup:
My prayers are with all eight men, particularly the gentleman who struggles with addiction.


Kudos to the inmates. May God bless them all and this guard as well. :slight_smile:


Makes us hopeful for those who are
prisoners are NOT beyond our prayers
and hopes!!

Our Father, who is in heaven,
hallowed be Your Name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses as
we forgive those who trespass against us,
(forgive us our debts as
we forgive our debtors),
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is w/ you,
blessed are you among women,
blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the
beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world w/o end.


God bless them.


This is really no surprise to me. Most of the people who are incarcerated today have more good than bad in them, especially since large numbers are incarcerated for addiction and other mental health issues. The majority are no different than the average population of people outside.


They were only in county jail, not in prison.

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