She sat on her couch, overwhelmed by the surprising news. She desperately tried to think of a solution. She had just found out that she would have to appear in court.
She was snapped out of her thoughts when she heard a loud bang. She quickly looked out of her window to see the four boys once again. Her heart pounded as she watched them approach her front door.
Gerry Suttle, a 75-year-old Texan woman, was living out her retirement on her land as peacefully as she could. She had purchased a whopping two-acre property back in the day.
It was a beautiful piece of land but with age comes a lot of setbacks. She wasn’t as active as she once was, and struggled to maintain her property. People began to notice.
An Easy Target
Gerry lived in Riesel, Texas completely by herself. When she first bought her property, she saw her dream house but now, she saw nothing but hassle.
With all of her family living out of state, and her late husband gone for several years now, Gerry had no one around her. She was an easy target to be taken advantage of.
As the years passed, the lawn that Gerry used to love to look out on became a source of fear and anxiety. Now, it was a vast eerie-looking space with overgrown bushes and trees. Anyone and anything could have been hiding in there and she wouldn’t have a clue.
With so much space around her, there was bound to be trouble.
When Gerry first heard the strange noise coming from her backyard, she tried to ignore it, hoping it was just a badger or fox passing through. But when the noise continued and she began to distinguish the sound of voices, fear gripped her body.
She sat frozen in her living room, unsure of what to do. When she eventually garnered up the courage to peek out the window, her heart pounded.
Behind the bushes, she saw four young boys. She couldn’t see what they were doing but she knew that whatever it was, it mustn’t have been good. They were blatantly trespassing on her property.
Gerry was too scared to confront them and she didn’t want to get the cops involved. The cops were the last people she wanted to deal with.
Recently, Gerry had a run-in with the cops. Out of nowhere, she received an official notice that ordered her to go to court as she was in ‘breach of property laws’.
They wanted her to cough up a big fine for not cutting her grass. Texas was one of the few states that made it illegal to let your grass grow above 18-inches. If you do, you get fined but there was a problem.
Gerry had no idea this law existed and never received the initial notice and fine. The first time they contacted her, they reprimanded her for avoiding the fine and ordered her to appear in court.
They knew her age and circumstance and still threatened her with jail time over her violation.
Riesel Police Chief Danny Krumnow said that Gerry let the grass grow too high and that this was a violation of the city ordinance. When the police showed up on her doorstep and told her her crimes were serious, she was bewildered.
She’d been trying to avoid them ever since. She was running out of options so she decided to do something that caught the attention of her neighbor.
Gerry continued to let the boys trespass on her property. As long as they didn’t go near her house, she didn’t care – but not everybody felt the same way.
Gerry’s neighbor, Tom, was a quiet man who tried to look out for Gerry whenever he could. But being an old man himself, he wasn’t always able to be of much help – until now.
Unbeknownst to Gerry, Tom noticed the boys creeping in and out of Gerry’s backyard and immediately began to worry for her safety. They were young but secretive, constantly carrying bags in and out of her yard. He had enough.
He grabbed his outdoor security camera and set it up overlooking Gerry’s backyard. What he found was beyond imagination.
While Gerry sat in her living room, pretending to be oblivious to the commotion in her backyard, Tom was hot on their case.
He turned on his screen and fixated on the live-action. They were completely clueless that someone was watching them. Tom’s jaw dropped as he realized what they took out of their bags.
Word Travels Fast
The boys had brought gardening tools. Every day, the young boys worked on Gerry’s yard piece by piece. Gerry had no idea that word of her possible arrest spread throughout the neighborhood like wildfire. It sparked horror and shock in everyone who heard the news.
How could they possibly arrest an old woman over tall grass? The boys wanted to do more.
When Gerry failed to appear in court, a warrant was issued for her arrest. She pondered her options. Gerry was too old and weak to do the work herself and had little money to pay someone else to do it. Tom couldn’t believe his eyes.
And Gerry never expected what would happen next.
At the edge of Gerry’s expansive land, Tom could see four boys coming toward her house, already inside her yard. He grew nervous and watched as they knocked on Gerry’s door.
When Gerry answered the door, Tom could see her nervous expression as she braced herself for what they had to say.
The boys were young, very young in fact. The oldest could have been maybe 15. Still, Gerry felt uneasy, knowing these boys had been trespassing on her property for days. They started looking around her yard, and that’s when she saw them clearly, these boys had mud and dirt all over their clothes.
Finally, they began to speak.
Tools And More Tools
Two of the boys said hi and disappeared while the other two stayed back. The boys who stayed were holding garden tools: a weed whacker, shears, and some other things. Gerry was frozen, what on earth were these boys doing?
But then she saw the other two boys come around the corner, one of them was pushing a lawnmower.
Shortly after, the boys began to mow the lawn after explaining that they had already ripped away all of the overgrown weeds. Gerry couldn’t believe what she was witnessing, the boys’ effort sent tears down her face.
She has lived there for 59 years and was left speechless after seeing the good deed and was grateful for their help.
Just Go And Help Somebody
The four boys who are brothers told the news why they wanted to help her. “It’s a summer day, we don’t have season passes yet to Warren Falls. What else could we do? Just go out and help some people.”
These young boys’ efforts were far more than just cutting grass, they didn’t know they had saved Gerry from prison time.
The Least We Could Do
“She’s 75 years old, and she needs some help mowing,” said Blaine Reynolds, one of the boys. “That’s the least we could do.”
Another brother, Brandon Reynolds also added; “I really wouldn’t want her coming out here and doing it or paying someone else when we could have just done it for free.”
As the sun shone brightly that day, neighbors couldn’t help but witness these incredible boys’ actions.
Gerry ran over to the boys and gave them cold drinks, but then out of the corner of her eye, she spotted five more men coming towards her yard – one of which was Tom.
As they began getting closer, she could tell that the neighbors who were approaching her also had gardening tools on them. The neighbors had huddled together and come up with a plan.
Half of the team would take one side of the yard and the other half, the other side.
The neighbors of Gerry Sutter also pitched in with the four boys. They brought their lawnmowers and started going to work without any dispute. Even in 90-degree weather, the Reynolds brothers and neighbors of the elderly woman came together to help her out.
Gerry looked out onto her lawn and could not believe what was happening. A whole community was coming together for her.
“I cannot believe this. I’m very seldom without words. But this is one time, you mark it down in history, that I didn’t have something to say” Gerry said. She was wholly shocked that all the work had been done in under two hours!
She couldn’t believe what the young boys and the community had done and it left her completely speechless.
Virtue And Kindness
When the boys finally heard about the court warrant for Gerry, they couldn’t contain themselves. “I’d do it for her a second time, or a third time,” Blaine Reynolds said. “Anything to keep that lady from having to go to court.”
What an incredible act of human virtue and kindness, and all coming from boys of such a young age!
After the grass had been cut down and the yard was all cleaned up, Gerry was told she needed to go to court and sign documents indicating that she never received the original notice to appear in court. She wanted to get the charges dropped.
But still, the court had other ideas.
“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 to be done and then they turn around and say ‘no,'” Gerry said.
Their decision angered the entire community and they were ready to fight.
The city still stood by Gerry’s violation, they wanted this poor woman to appear in court because of her infraction. But her community couldn’t let that happen. KWTX news went to Facebook and other media to cover this incredible story and show how when a community comes together anything is possible.
Gerry didn’t have to go to court, and her warrant has been dismissed. All thanks to these four incredible boys. And acts of kindness aren’t in short supply in Texas…
An Unforgettable Sight
He joined the police force to serve and protect. Over the years, he was a witness to the best and the worst events. He wiped the sweat from his brow. He just had to deliver some bad news–not a great start to the day.
Half an hour in and he was already tired. He always drove the long way back to the precinct to visit the housing estates. But before he could get there, his foot lowered on the break. What was that woman doing?
Trying To Help
As a child, John Crawford didn’t know what he wanted to be. But he knew he had to help others. Every day he saw homeless on the street, children hungry, mothers struggling to support their families.
It struck a chord in him. He always made sure to give sandwiches, money, or randomly pay for a stranger’s shopping. Every Sunday he volunteered at his local soup kitchen for a few hours. Unfortunately, he was familiar with the struggles of life.
His earliest memory wasn’t a birthday party, or a trip to the beach, or a warm summer evening. His earliest memory was one of his father’s episodes.
He would wake to glass breaking, doors slamming, and screams. He wet the bed until he was 14 years old. Then one day, he was woken up in the middle of the night.
He was dressed and outside their house of horrors before he was fully awake. His mother placed his bag on his back and took his hand. It was still dark and they were both terrified, but she knew her 8-year-old deserved better.
The essentials were packed into a single luggage bag which she dragged to the bus stop. They got a one-way ticket to Madison, Alabama. John’s father always said he would never amount to much but over the years, he proved him wrong.
A Career On The Force
John joined the police academy the moment he finished school. And he managed to hold down a job to help support his mother. They lived in a tiny 2-bedroom flat. They scrubbed mildew from the walls once a month.
They were poor, but they were safe. And when he finally became a sheriff, he made sure to take care of her. He refused to let any woman or child go through similar struggles. Sheriff Crawford knew he couldn’t save everyone, but when he saw Rachael, he knew he had to do something.
Rachael Godley Brindley was just 20-years old when she met Ryan. He was a few years older, but she was drawn to him like a magnet.
He quickly became her whole world. She canceled plans with friends and family just to spend more time with him. She couldn’t get enough of his company. But things moved quicker than either of them ever expected.
After the first year, they were married. However, things quickly changed. Rachel gave birth to their first child a few months after becoming newlyweds. Ryan was under more pressure than ever to provide for them.
He took every available shift at work, and she was lucky to see him for one hour a day. And they fought for the majority of that hour. He was successful in his career, but the stress was taking a toll on his relationship with Rachel. But she always went along with his choices because she could never say no to him.
Rachael always believed her husband had good intentions. That’s why when he suggested that she leave work to stay at home with their two kids, she agreed. And even when he missed their plans to stay at the office, she forgave him.
He worked hard to provide for them. He promised to buy her dream home and eventually, he did. But what use was a home for a family that was never together? And when the time came for him to keep a promise, he did the unthinkable.
Rachael managed to redecorate their entire new home during her third pregnancy. Her back ached and her ankles swelled, but she still painted every wall of the house herself. She wanted her children to have fond memories of their childhood.
And after 36 hours of labor, she brought her baby boy home to meet the family. The first four months flew by. Ryan was always home for breakfast and dinner, and he made sure to help more with the kids. Then, he did something that made her question her choices.
When Sheriff John Crawford saw Rachael on her lawn, he took a double-take. He pulled over and ran to her side as she struggled with her baby strapped to her chest. She was weak and tired.
“Everything okay ma’am?” he asked kindly as he helped her up from the grass. “Yes, officer. I just need to sit down for a while. It’s not easy working in this heat.” The child began to cry. The officer couldn’t stand by and watch her suffer.
Was She In Trouble?
He took off his hat and reached for the handle of the lawnmower. “Y’all I thought I was about to get in trouble or something…” Rachael later shared.
But this officer just wanted to lend a hand to a mother in need of some help! Ryan had returned to work a few weeks prior, and Rachael was struggling to manage three kids while running a house alone. The pressure was taking its toll.
She Decided To Do It Herself
“He has been working hard on a work project and hasn’t had time to cut it,” Rachael told. “It was a nice day out and so I thought I’d help my husband out and cut it myself. I enjoy cutting the grass.”
But Rachael underestimated the difficulty of doing tasks while her body was still healing. And little baby Michael wasn’t in the best of form that day.
Rachael explained that when the officer passed, the “sweet” man “stopped and insisted” on mowing the lawn for her. At the time, Rachael was worried.
She was alone with the kids, and a police officer had never approached her before. As if she wasn’t stressed enough that day, seeing a squad car pull up outside her home made her panic. But now, she’s delighted with her surprise visitor.
A Huge Help
Ryan later found out about Rachael’s helper for the day. “It’s small in nature, but was a huge help to my wife today.”
The incident has opened Ryan’s eyes, reminding him of the importance of family. Since the incident, he’s made sure to leave work at work and spend extra time with his family. But why didn’t the officer just keep driving?
Serving The Community
Although he joined the force to protect and serve, Sheriff Crawford also makes it his mission to be kind and helpful. And after completing the job, Rachael thanked him with a well-deserved tall glass of lemonade.
And understandably, her experience has gained plenty of online attention. It’s not often you meet a stranger willing to help. Someone definitely deserves a special award for kindness!