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Gerry Suttle was a beloved member of her Riesel, Texas community. But the 75-year-old woman was not able to get out and about like she used to. And while she got tired from doing the minimal house chores she could handle, she had nothing left for her yard. Because she couldn’t do yard work and had little money to hire someone, Suttle was forced to let her property go. And as the grass grew too high, the Riesel police department issued an arrest warrant for the 75-year-old retiree. While it might not seem fair, no one was willing to help her. At least not until four young brothers went over to Suttle’s house and mowed her lawn to keep the elderly woman out of jail.
When the boys saw a report on KWTX about how Gerry Suttle was wanted by police for not mowing her lawn, they knew they could help. The arrest warrant was issued because Suttle had been summoned to court and failed to show up.
Because Suttle claimed to never receive the notice to appear in court, she didn’t know that she had even missed anything. With an entire house to take care of, Suttle who was about to turn 76 as police were hunting for her, couldn’t keep up with the mess.
Thankfully, the Reynolds brothers came to her rescue. They spent two hours on a Wednesday morning mowing Suttle’s unkempt lawn. That was all it took to keep the elderly woman out of a harsh Texas jail.
When the community realized that four little boys were saving a woman from jail time, they joined them and helped mow a second lot that Suttle owns across the street from her house.
The four Reynolds brothers did their kindness without ever having met Suttle.
“We haven’t met her yet, but she’s 75 years old and she needs some help moving,” Blaine Reynolds said. “That’s the least we could do.”
Suttle was summoned to court again to sign documents claiming she never received her first summons. After obliging that request, she received yet another court summons the following day.
“It is very heartbreaking to see that someone that I didn’t even know came out and spent two hours in the sun doing what we thought the city wanted done and then them turn around and say ‘no,’” Suttle said.
This time Suttle is ready to go to court and fight.
“It really upset me at first, but now I’m mad and it’s not good to have me mad,” she told KWTX.
The Reynolds brothers are ready to help again. If Suttle gets in trouble with the law, they’ll be there to keep her grass mowed.
“Anything to keep that lady from having to go to court,” Blaine Reynolds said.
Do you think it is fair that an elderly woman keeps getting summoned to court because of her unkempt lawn? Do you have such strict laws in your neighborhood?
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