January 28th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0



The other day something interesting happened within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where your humble blogger makes his abode.

It happened in a holding cell in the basement of Weatherford’s District Courts Building. Eight prisoners occupying that cell. A single guard outside, chatting with them.

Suddenly the guard slumps over unconscious—a heart attack!

Said inmate Nick Kelton:

He just fell over. Looked like an act. But he could have died right there.”

Kelton and the other seven began yelling for help. And then they bust out of the cell—a dangerous action.


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

The unconscious guard had no pulse. Inmates screamed, banged on doors, and raised a ruckus. Such a noise that sheriff’s deputies upstairs ran down to investigate.

Inmate Floyd Smith:

They thought it was a fight, and that we were taking over.”

Parker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Speegle wasn’t sure what was going on when he saw shackled and handcuffed inmates standing over a prostrate officer.

Confessed Speegle:

The deputy had keys. Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.”

And especially suspicious when one prisoner stooped to get the officer’s radio, near his gun.


We were going to call ‘Mayday’ or something.”

Sgt. Speegle corralled the inmates back into the cell, as deputies started CPR, and the EMT arrived. They shocked the guard and his pulse returned. He made it!

Inmate Kelton:

He’s a good man.”

Kelton, who identifies himself as a meth addict, is facing his fourth trip to prison. He just can’t stay clean, he acknowledges.

Capt. Mark Arnett agrees that the prisoners certainly helped saved the guard’s life.

He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him.”

The fortunate officer was expected to return to within a week.

Kelton reflected on the event:

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.”

Inmate Smith—who BTW is in jail for assaulting a public servant—concurred:

Seems natural to me.”

Oh, and the holding cell that the inmates broke out of? It is now being reinforced. May such things never happen again!

I know of one Inmate who died to set me free!

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45

Free at last, and free indeed, eternally, finally, and forever.

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36

He set us free by dying for us on the cross and being raised.

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all.
1 Timothy 2:5–6

He alone—the Divine “Inmate”—is worthy, because he freed us:

“Worthy are You … for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood
those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
Revelation 5:9

And so?

… having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit,
resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
Romans 6:22

And so we live for him, who freed us—for his glory.

… Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood …
—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.
Revelation 1:5–6

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