Indian Americans present Kansas hero Ian Grillot with $100,000 check

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Grillot received a a check of $100,000 from Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna.

Ian Grillot, the Kansan who was shot while intervening in the shooting of Indian tech professionals Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani at an Olathe, KS, bar on February 22 was presented with a check for $100,000 by the Indian American community in the Houston area.

Indian Ambassador to the United States Navtej Sarna presented the check to Grillot at the annual India House gala in Houston on Saturday evening.

Kuchibhotla died in the attack, while Madasani and Grillot survived with injuries.

A statement posed on the official page of India House Houston read, “On behalf of the Indian-American community in Houston, India House recognized this selfless act beyond the call of duty and has extended the community s gratitude to Ian Grillot by helping him to buy a house.”

Grillot received a a check of $100,000 from Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna.

Speaking at the event Grillot said, “I don’t know if I could’ve lived with myself if I wouldn’t t have stopped or attempted to stop the shooter because that would’ve been completely devastating.”

“I don’t know if I could’ve lived with myself if I wouldn’t have stopped or attempted to stop the shooter because that would’ve been completely devastating. I do now have a very powerful message and if I can help empower people and spread hope and love, then why not? I am honored to be at India House that serves so many families from so many communities in the Houston area,” he added.

Jiten Agarwal, a prominent Indian American in Houston and Chair of the annual gala 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.”

According to the facebook post of India House, Agarwal with the help of its trustees mobilized the community to come together to honor Grillot and raised funds to buy him a house.

“Ian has given us an occasion to reaffirm a tie that binds us all as Americans, irrespective of where we come from. This also reminds us of the famous Shakespearean quote: For he that sheds his blood for me today is my brother,” Agarwal added.

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