VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Two Virginia Beach inmates are credited with saving another man's life.
The inmates were eating breakfast Sunday morning, when two of them noticed Donnie Bullard hanging from a bed sheet in a jail cell.
Inmates Antonio Tabron and Kwaku Acheampong talked to Bullard and called for help from nearby deputies.
"I remember getting up on the table," said Bullard, the inmate who tried to take his own life. "I told one of them I was going to hang myself and he said, 'Not here.' Then, I went and got on my bed."
Both inmates declined WAVY.com's request for an interview.
Bullard said he just moved into the Virginia Beach jail last month, but his cell mates already treated him like family. He says he would have done the same had the roles been reversed.
"I felt relieved that they had come," said Bullard.
He said the interview is his way of publicly thanking them for saving his life.
"I thank them for what they've done, stopping me, it could have been worse," he said.
The sheriff was impressed by the inmates' quick thinking and willingness to help.
Bullard is in jail for simple assault on law enforcement and driving while intoxicated. Acheampong is in jail for simple assault on law enforcement, damaged property and disorderly conduct. Tabron is in jail on rape charges.
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