(CAITLIN KEATING, PEOPLE) A Texas jail guard nearly died from a massive heart attack while on the job, but thanks to the inmates, he survived.
“I just slumped and went out,” Gary Grimm said about what he remembers from the day it happened.
“Next thing I remember is looking up at the ceiling in the ER.”
The incident happened while Grimm — who has worked at Texas jails and prisons for over 20 years — was watching inmates in a basement holding cell.
And the entire ordeal was captured on surveillance video.
Sitting across from at least eight men who were behind a locked gate, the inmates at first thought he was kidding.
They began to shout and bang the cell’s siding as Grimm had fallen unconscious.
They were able to break free and catch the attention of others who were able to help.
“Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun, and killing me or taking a hostage and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” Grimm said, adding that he’s always treated inmates the way he would want to be treated if he was in their shoes. See the video and read the full story at PEOPLE.