Three inmates save the life of a suicidal prisoner who jumped from a second-floor balcony when they cushion his fall with a laundry cart

Inmates at a Minnesota prison saved the life of a fellow prisoner who was attempting to himself by jumping from a balcony.

At just after 7pm on Wednesday evening at the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, a man was threatening to hurl himself 25-feet from a ledge on the second floor of the cell block.

The inmate would either have been killed, or have at the very least been seriously injured, but a group of three prisoners rushed to help him by moving a laundry cart underneath him, cushioning his fall.

Sheriff Bob Fletcher praised the trio who raced into action.

'Thank you gentlemen, you're heroes,' said Fletcher. 'You saved a guy's life.'

'We are not judged by whether or not we are in here, but what's in our heart,' Fletcher told the three men, Deonte Blackwell, Austin Dirkx and Rodolfo Delangel.

Blackwell, who is in jail for a DWI, was one of those who jumped into action.

'My natural instinct was to catch the guy,' Blackwell said. 'I ran over and grabbed the laundry bin and said "don't do it!"', he recalled.

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Location: 425 Grove St, St Paul, MN 55101, USA