When you hear about inmates breaking out of their cells, it usually means there’s been a riot or escape attempt.
Gary Grimm, a Texas jail guard, was more than aware of that possibility.
While working a shift at the courthouse, Gary was monitoring inmates in the holding cell. He was the only guard in the room, and there were eight men in a locked cell across from him, according to reports from USA Today.
That’s when Gary had a heart attack.
The inmates didn’t think twice before busting out of their cell — but it wasn’t for the reason you might think. The imprisoned men didn’t take Gary’s weapon or try to escape. Instead, they immediately tried to help him.
Eventually, other guards in the building heard the commotion coming from the basement and came to see what was going on. When they realized a fellow officer was in peril, they called for help.
Gary was shocked twice, and he survived the incident thanks to the inmates, but he never had a chance to properly thank those men who saved his life.
Now, he’s doing just that. “Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun and killing me, or taking somebody hostage or whatever and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” he said to USA Today.
Watch the video below to see Gary’s emotional recounting of what happened to him. If you’re amazed by the kind hearts of these inmates, please SHARE this article!
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