Suddenly, Gary collapsed from a massive heart attack. The men, who were no longer under the supervision of a guard, worked together to break out of the holding cell. But, they had no intention of stealing the guard’s weapon or trying to escape. They only wanted to help the man who was obviously having a life-threatening medical emergency.

Gary was surprised and touched by the men’s actions. “Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun and killing me, or taking somebody hostage or whatever and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” he said to USA Today.

The sound of the men breaking out of their cell made enough commotion to call attention to the situation and other guards and staff soon appeared. Gary’s heart had to be shocked twice to bring him back to life, and he was taken to the hospital. He didn’t get a chance to thank the men in that cell for saving his life that day.

But, in the video below, Gary shares what happened, and how grateful he is for what the inmates did. Watch his emotional story below.