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PARKER COUNTY, Texas – A group of inmates in Texas are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a prison guard.

According to WFAA, at least eight prisoners were behind a locked door in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weatherford.

At one point, the inmates noticed the guard slump over in his chair.

Nick Kelton and the other inmates began shouting for help, but decided to break out of their holding cell when no one heard their cries.

“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” Kelton said.

As the inmates screamed and banged on doors, guards on another floor heard the ruckus and thought the inmates were trying to escape.

“He had keys, had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation,” Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle told WFAA.

Officials corralled the inmates and began performing CPR on the guard until paramedics arrived.

Authorities say the actions of the inmates likely saved the guard’s life, but the inmates say they didn’t even have to think twice.

“He’s a good man,” Kelton said. “I watched him die twice. It never crossed my mind not to help whether he’s got a gun or a badge. If he falls down, I’m gonna help him.”