Despite its difficulties, growing old is a blessing and something to be grateful for. But naturally, some of us can’t help but dread the thought of aging – we squirm at the sight of wrinkles and gray hair when we look in the mirror, and most of all, we worry that our independence will be lost because we won’t be as strong anymore.
But elderly couple Rose Griest, 89, and her husband David, 100, didn’t seem to mind their old age; they still do things by themselves. But no matter how independent they are, inevitably, there will be moments that they would still need help.
The couple was on their way home from Rose’s doctor’s appointment. They parked their SUV at the first gas station they could find to use the bathroom.
However, by the time they got back to their vehicle, both of them already felt weak and exhausted. Rose was struggling with her walker and was shaky. She had a hard time finding her strength and balance and so did David.
Police Officer Kanesha Carnegie saw the couple and immediately jumped out of her truck to help them. She was about to assist them when a group of young men came out from the gas station doors and hurriedly ran towards the couple. She saw that the men took charge of the situation well and gently helped Rose into her car.
At one point, she stumbles and nearly falls. One of the men picked Rose up from under her arms to steady her. “You take it easy, momma,” he says. After a few minutes, they got Rose into the passenger seat and David thanked them.
“Thank you so much, fellas,” David tells them as he begins to push his walker. “I’m 100 years old.”
“That’s a good life,” one of the men says.
Officer Carnegie thought the scene was beautiful to watch, that she took her phone out to record the whole thing.
“I thought at the time they looked really beautiful and that was a nice view to see. I stepped back and just videoed them,” she told InsideEdition.com.
The three men were named Joc Koe Stoe, Marty, and Freddy G, and Carnegie says she knew them from the neighborhood and they knew her as well.
“They do a little rapping in the local community, so I know them and they know me,” Carnegie said. She’s been a deputy in Levy County for 18 years and knows a bit about the men’s backgrounds, saying that they really didn’t have “the greatest history”, which added to the beauty of what they did for the old woman.
Joc Smooth, 26, said that he and his friends didn’t hesitate to help the elderly couple. “I saw that old lady struggling and about to fall,” he told InsideEdition.com.
“I asked permission to assist them, and the husband said yes. She was out of breath and so tired. She was so exhausted, I knew she wasn’t able to go much farther,” he added.
Carnegie posted the video on her Facebook page and it became an instant hit, garnering over 95k shares and positive comments from people who watched it. The clip reached the couple’s grandson, Thomas Griest, who contacted Carnegie to express his appreciation of the men’s good deed.
“He was extremely grateful, extremely thankful. He said his grandfather retired from the Air Force. That explains why he’s 100 years old and still driving. You can’t stop somebody I like that, ever.”, shared Carnegie.
This beautiful story is a reminder that though being old might keep you from doing the things you used to do when you were younger, it doesn’t mean that life will not be as meaningful from now on, and it also doesn’t mean that you will be alone, because there will always be people like Joc, Marty, and Freddy that will extend their help when you need it.
Growing old isn’t so scary anymore, especially when we know that there are kind people like them in this world!
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