HOUSTON: Ian Grillot, A 24-year-old American, who took a bullet for an Indian, has been honoured as ‘A True American Hero’ by the Indian-American community at the 14th annual gala of India House Houston. Mr Ian was injured when he tried to intervene in the shooting by a Navy veteran targetting Indians at a bar in Olathe, Kansas last month. He has been honoured as ‘A True American Hero’ by the Indian-American community in Houston a community center of Indian-Americans in Texas.The organisation raised $100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown Kansas. . Srinivas Kuchibhotla+ , 32, a young techiee from Andhra Pradesh was killed and his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured in that shooting.US Man Ian Grillot Who Took A Bullet For Indian Techie In Kansas Honoured With $100,000. His valiant effort was hailed by Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

.The Centre had also extended an invitation to Mr Grillot to visit India as soon as he is able to travel.

“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,” Ian said.
While in the hospital, Ian Grillot had said, “I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being. It’s not about where he was from or his ethnicity.”

“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,” said Jiten Agarwal, chair of the annual gala.

“On behalf of the Indian-American community in Houston, India House recognised 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,” the India House Houston said, in a Facebook post.

“On behalf of the Indian-American community in Houston, India House recognised 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,” the India House Houston said, in a Facebook post.

With inputs from PTI

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