There are not too many clips on YouTube that will bring you to tears, but the clip below will come very close. Like most courthouses around the county there are holding cells where prisoners are kept while awaiting either hearings or sentencing. They are always in the presence of a guard whose job it is to make sure that nothing untoward happens to the inmates while they wait for their turn to face the judge.
In one such holding cell in a Texas courthouse, prison guard Gary Grimm was on duty watching a group of inmates that were awaiting to appear in court. Gary was sitting at his desk when he suddenly slumped into his chair, the inmates could see straight away that something was a-miss. One inmate recalls, “It looked like an act or something”, but they all soon realized that Gary was in big trouble. Gary had just suffered a massive heart attack and was in a lot of trouble.
Now, at this point the inmates had two choices, one, to break out and make a run for it, or two, do whatever they could to help Gary get the assistance that he so urgently needed. The inmates soon managed to break out of their cell and created such a disturbance that the other guards in the building came running in expecting to find some sort of a break-out situation. The guards soon had the inmates back into the cell and emergency services on site to work on a gravely ill Gary.
Gary was rushed to emergency where he eventually made a full recovery. But things could have been so much different. Gary told “USA Today” when they found out about his story that “If they wished harm for me, all they had to do was sit there and do nothing”. But that would not be the case. Gary went on to say, “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”. This is truly a story of human beings forgetting about their own problems to help another human being who was in serious trouble.
When you watch the clip you will see just how much admiration Gary has for that group of men that without doubt saved his life. As Gary tell his story he becomes very emotional, not just at the fact that a group of strangers forgot their own woes to help him in his most desperate moment, but also because he never got the chance to thank them. While Gary was recovering, his saviors where all transported to another holding cell to await their day in court.
Click on the link below to hear Gary’s remarkable story of survival, and let’s hope that one day he can once again come face-to-face with the un-selfish group of men.