To Save Jailer, Texas Inmates Escape Holding Cell When a jailer suddenly slumped forward and lay motionless, some Texas inmates burst out of a holding cell. Still shackled, they were able to make enough noise to summon help for the guard in distress.

To Save Jailer, Texas Inmates Escape Holding Cell

To Save Jailer, Texas Inmates Escape Holding Cell

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When a jailer suddenly slumped forward and lay motionless, some Texas inmates burst out of a holding cell. Still shackled, they were able to make enough noise to summon help for the guard in distress.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. When a Texas jailer in Parker County slumped unconscious, inmates thought it was a joke. They quickly realized the guard was having a heart attack. The inmates yelled and banged, but no one came. Their only option - a jail break. Gathering around the guard was risky since the other guards would come armed, but inmate Nick Kelton told WFAA TV it never crossed his mind not to help him. The sheriff's captain said the inmates likely saved the jailer's life. It's MORNING EDITION.

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