Growing old is never easy, nor is it easy to realize that your body no longer works like it once did.
Accepting your own limitations is perhaps the most difficult part. It’s funny, really – inside, you’re as young as you’ve ever been, trapped, almost, in a body that won’t obey your orders.
Rose Griest, 89, and her husband David, 100, stopped at the first gas station they saw on their way home from Rose’s doctor’s appointment to use the restroom. Rose and David both use walkers, so getting from place to place as well as getting into and out of their cars can be challenging at their age.
Rose was feeling a bit exhausted after having already been to the doctor and then walking around the gas station when they returned to their SUV. She started to struggle with her walker, her legs became shaky, and they started to give out.
Kanesha Carnegie, a police officer sitting in her truck nearby, saw the elderly woman begin to fall and immediately got out to help. Even as she jumped out of her vehicle to assist, what followed left Officer Kanesha dumbfounded. All she could do was pull out her cellphone and record the three men as they approached – who turned out to be three Orlando rappers.
From inside the gas station, Joc Koe Stoe, Marty, and Freddy G had seen Rose and David struggling to their vehicle, and they knew immediately that they should intervene.
Marty said: “I kept thinking, ‘She could have been my grandmother.'”
26-year-old Joc Stoe, who helped the couple, said, “I saw that old lady struggling and about to fall.” “The husband allowed me to help,” Stoe said. The woman was exhausted and out of breath. I knew she wouldn’t be able to go much farther.
Another of the young men, Marty, shared: “I kept thinking, ‘She could have been my grandmother.'”
Officer Carnegie saw that the young men were in control of the situation, and she was touched by their kindness. As a deputy in Levy County for 18 years, she was familiar with the young men. The young men were local rappers, and she was deeply impressed with their kindness and willingness to help, even though they didn’t have “the best history.”. Their history added to the beauty of what they did for the elderly couple.
When Officer Carnegie shared the video online, the couple’s grandson, Thomas Griest, saw it and sent her a message of thanks.
“He was extremely grateful, extremely grateful. His grandfather retired from the Air Force. That’s why he’s 100 years old and still driving. “You can’t stop somebody like that,” Carnegie said.
Marty, Joc, and Freddy helped Rose avoid a potentially dangerous fall, and now she and David know they can count on the kindness of the young men in their community when they need assistance.
Watch this video of these three kind young men helping Rose and David: