What comes to mind when you think about prison guards and cops coming into contact with inmates? Violence? Hatred and animosity? I can understand why you would think that, cliches are cliches for a reason. But there are those times where it doesn’t matter what side of the barbed wire fence you are standing on, sometimes it’s about who is a human being.
Part of the job of being a cop or a prison guard is to protect the lives of those in their custody, but there is no mandate stating that it has to be the same the other way. But as hard as it may be to believe, there have been several instances where inmates have come to the rescue and saved the lives of those responsible for keeping them locked up.
Capt. Mark Arnett from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office was sitting outside of a maximum-security holding cell talking with the inmates inside when he suddenly collapsed, falling from the chair he was sitting in.
The inmates were locked in their cell unsure of what to do next. Knowing that it might land them in deeper trouble with additional charges, five of them forced their way through the cell door and came to the officer’s aid. Capt. Arnett wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, the inmates attempted to raise help on the radio while others caused enough commotion to summon staff from other parts of the building.
All the inmates were locked back in the cell without any further chargers. They were thanked for their service and are credited with saving Arnett’s life.
In September 2012, Antonio Duane Brown was sentenced to 1.5 – 5 years in jail for fleeing from police attempting to make a lawful arrest.
Just hours after his sentencing he was cooling his heels in Kent County Prison, Michigan, when a female guard allowed one inmate out of his cell to grab a new roll of toilet paper. The inmate, Willie Williams, was supposed to grab the toilet paper and head straight back into his cell. He didn’t, he hid behind a pillar as his cell door closed and waited for the female guard to make her rounds.
When the guard passed by his hiding spot, Williams jumped out and proceeded to beat the guard pretty severely. During the struggle, Williams pressed several buttons on her control fob, opening the cell doors for several other inmates, including Antonio Brown, a nightmare scenario in some cases. But instead of joining in on the assault, several inmates led by Brown interceded on the guard’s behalf, saving her life, radioing for help, and holding Williams at bay until backup arrived.
The very next day Brown found himself back in the exact same courtroom that he had been sentenced in, in front of the exact same judge. But this was different from last time, the judge commuted Brown’s sentence for his act of heroism. He was getting a “get out of jail free card” for saving the life of the guard.