Inmates at Texas' Parker County Jail managed to break out of their holding cell-so they could be good Samaritans.
"We were anxious [the other guards were] going to come with guns drawn on us", inmate Nick Kelton told WFAA.
The officer suddenly slumped over after joking with the inmates.
Officials admitted the situation could have easily escalated given that the guard was armed when he became unconscious. Several prisoners at the Orient Road Jail in Tampa, Florida rushed to rescue the guard, as seen on video, during an attack by another inmate who had him in a choke hold. If this were some movie, they'd have taken the guard's keys and guard, then made an escape.
At this point, it bears noting that the inmates risked their lives and their freedom by coming to the guard's aid.
Soon, deputies began CPR on the guard, who was eventually revived by paramedics using a defibrillator to apply an electric shock.
Deputies in the court above the cell heard the commotion on June 23 and immediately ran downstairs because they thought a fight had broken out, WFAA reports.
"We were anxious they're going to come with guns drawn on us", Kelton said Thursday.
"I watched him die twice", Kelton told the ABC affiliate.
Capt. Mark Arnett says the prisoners likely saved the officer's life.
"He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him".
Kelton, a self-described methamphetamine addict, said it "never crossed my mind not to help, whether he's got a gun or a badge". Deputies said Smith is in jail for assaulting a public servant. "If he falls down, I'm gonna help him", he added.
One more twist. The room that inmates broke out of to raise the alarm has now been reinforced.