Thanks to the help of a few kind inmates, a Texas jail guard’s life was saved. Gary Grimm was tasked with monitoring a holding cell that housed eight inmates in the basement of the Parker County District Courthouse on June 23, 2016, when he had a very unexpected heart attack. “I just slumped and went out,” said Gary Grimm, who only remembers looking up at the ceiling in the ER. “They thought I was kidding and I wasn’t.”
When the inmates realized that Grimm was definitely not playing a joke on them and that he was actually unconscious, they started making a ruckus to get the attention of someone who could help. Eventually, they broke free and made enough noise that courtroom deputies came down to investigate. This was after they were shouting and banging the side of the holding cell to no avail.
“Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun, and killing me or taking a hostage and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” said Grimm, who has worked as security in Texas prisons and jails for 20 years.
Grimm admits that he has always treated inmates with respect.
“I don’t care if they’re a drug user, hot check writer, or child molester. They’re still a human being. I don’t have to like what they did, but it’s not my position to be the judge and jury,” he said.
At 52-years-old, Grimm medically retired from his jail gig in December due to his ongoing heart concerns. This week he is set to have open heart surgery to install a Left Ventricle Assistance Device (LVAD).
“I need that for at least six months, and then maybe we can have a transplant,” he said.
Grimm never got a chance to thank the inmates for their efforts which were caught on a security camera, but their kindness will certainly stay with him. Knowing that the inmates could’ve easily let him die, he is grateful for their quick actions.
“I get emotional. If they wished harm for me, all they had to do was sit there and do nothing,” said Grimm.
While Grimm awaits a possible transplant, his friends are also sending kindness his way, as they have started a GoFundMe page to assist with the expenses that he’s incurred as a result of his heart issues. So far, $8,120 raised out of the $75,000 goal.
It’s always important to see the good in people and Grimm’s appreciation has certainly shed light on the fact that maybe, these inmates are good people. They could’ve easily broken out and stolen Grimm’s weapon, and went on to shoot up the courthouse.
Commenters shared their thoughts…
“These men have proven they deserve a new beginning and early release in my opinion. They could’ve done anything else. But, didn’t.”
“Hopefully this is taken into consideration regarding sentencing.”
Maybe these inmates sensed Grimm’s genuine disposition…
“Seeing people as human beings always changes things. Maybe we shouldn’t wait for a heart attack to do so.”
“Says a lot about how you must treat them too.”
“There is good in everyone.”