Fellow prisoners in a Minnesota prison saved the life of a fellow prisoner who tried to kill himself by jumping from a balcony.
Just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at Ramsey County prison in St. Paul, a man threatened to swing 25 meters from a ledge on the second floor of the cell block.
The prisoner is said to have either been killed or at least seriously injured, but a group of three prisoners hurried to help him by moving a laundry cart beneath him and dampening his fall.
A prisoner in St.Paul prison threatened to kill himself by jumping from a balcony
Three prisoners urged the man not to jump and pushed a laundry cart at him
Sheriff Bob Fletcher praised the trio that came into action.
& # 39; Thank you gentlemen, you are heroes & # 39 ;, said Fletcher. & # 39; You saved someone's life. & # 39;
& # 39; We are not judged by whether we are here or not, but what is in our hearts & # 39 ;, Fletcher told the three men, Deonte Blackwell, Austin Dirkx and Rodolfo Delangel.
Blackwell, who is in prison for a DWI, was one of those who came into action.
& # 39; My natural instinct was to capture the man, & # 39; said Blackwell Fox9. & # 39; I ran forward and grabbed the laundry basket and said, "Don't do it!" & # 39 ;, he remembered.
The three men ran frantically down the hall and begged the man not to jump off the railings
An alternative image shows the three prisoners yelling to stay with the fellow prisoner where he is
The man ignored the pleas and finally jumped straight from the second floor into a cart
Deonte Blackwell is depicted pushing a laundry cart similar to the one who broke the man's fall
& # 39; I move the trash as if it is trying to dodge it, & # 39; Blackwell said, while other prisoners shouted at him not to jump.
Despite the pleas, the prisoner jumped up. Blackwell caught him perfectly when he ended up in a basket full of towels. The man & # 39; s only injury was a twisted ankle.
& # 39; I think there's a hero in everyone & # 39 ;, said Blackwell.
Dirkx, who is also in prison for DWI, said: & # 39; We are not all bad, some of us have a good heart here. & # 39;
Incredibly, the prisoners managed to place the car so that they could catch the man
Sheriff Bob Fletcher, on the right, called the trio that in action & # 39; heroes & # 39; ran. He is pictured here and shakes hands with Deonte Blackwell, who will be released next month
The three prisoners, who will be released next month, were all personally thanked by the sheriff for their heroic deeds, who undoubtedly saved the life of a man
"Just because we are locked up does not mean that life is not important," said Delangel Rodolfo, who takes the time to own drugs and is confronted with deportation.
All three men will be released next month. The sheriff has agreed to give them some extra money each for use in the commissioner.
Suicide attempts in Ramsey County Jail are not unusual and there are often attempts – usually about once a month.
A correction official stopped a man from jumping a few days ago. Two years earlier, another prisoner jumped from the same balcony and died of a head injury.
Next week, the Ramsey County Board expects to approve $ 800,000 in funds to build second-floor barriers.
The total cost of the barriers will be $ 1.6 million and the construction should be completed by 2021.
If you or someone you know commits suicide The national suicide prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
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