24-year old Ian Grillot was there when US Navy veteran Adam Purinton shot at two Indians, resulting in the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla while severely injuring Alok Madasani. Grillot just didn’t stand there; rather, he showed the highest form of bravery by trying to save the life of a human being. While trying to save the Indian techie, Grillot himself got shot and was injured in the shootout. Now that he has recovered, Grillot has been honored for his bravery and compassionate human spirit. He has received $100,000, which was presented to him by Indian-Americans in Houston.
Grillot has also been hailed as “A true American hero”. Speaking on the development, Jiten Agarwal from India House Houston, a community center of Indian-Americans in Texas said, “It is not every day that one meets a genuine hero – a person who risks his life for another, and takes a bullet for a complete stranger. Ian Grillot is a man who reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness.” The reward of $100,000 will help Grillot to buy a house in his hometown of Kansas.