Incredible footage has surfaced of prison inmates breaking out of their holding cell to save a guard who had just suffered a massive heart attack, rather than taking the opportunity to escape.
Gary Grim, 52, was guarding prisoners in a holding cell below the Parker County District Courthouse in Texas, US, on June 23, 2016 when he fell ill.
The group of at least eight inmates noticed the lone guard, who was sitting across from their locked gate, became slumped in his chair and appeared unconscious, so they did what they could to get help.
Courthouse surveillance video shows the prisoners shouting, banging on the walls, and eventually breaking free of their holding cell, to get the attention of deputies in the courtroom above.
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When the officers came to check what the fuss was about, they saw Mr Grim without a pulse, so they called paramedics.
While preparing for open heart surgery this week, the now retired guard is still emotional recalling the moment the inmates saved his life.
“Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun, and killing me or taking a hostage and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” Mr Grimm told WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas.
“I just slumped and went out. Next thing I remember is looking up at the ceiling in the ER.”
Mr Grimm, who worked for the Texas prison system for more than 20 years, retired in December due to his heart condition.
He told WFAA he treated inmates with respect, regardless of their crimes, and it appeared that compassion paid off.
"I get emotional. If they wished harm for me, all they had to do was sit there and do nothing.
“Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun, and killing me or taking a hostage and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” he said.