Who says all cops are jerks? A police officer from the Poteau Police Department in Oklahoma just went above and beyond the call of duty when he went to investigate a child abuse case and ended up giving two desperate kids a home full of love and support.
Jody Thompson was off duty when he overheard the police dispatcher mention a case of child abuse. The cop used to handle child abuse cases at the district attorney’s office, so he decided to tag along with the other officers to see what was going on. Little did he know what he’d be coming home with…
The cops found 8-year-old John, who had been tied up in a trash can filled with cold water. He had not eaten and was beaten all over his body.
Can you even imagine…?
The officer immediately covered the boy up with a blanket and took him to a state detective agency where they could take photos of John’s injuries as evidence against his abusive father. He then took the boy to the hospital, where he sat by his side the entire time.
While the kid was recovering in intensive care, Thompson decided he could become a certified foster parent because he wanted to adopt the child, and bring him home. What adds a little more emotion to this story is that Thompson’s wife actually found out she was pregnant with their third child the same week!
Oh, and there’s more. The cop found out that the boy’s mother, who was in jail at the time, recently gave birth to a baby girl, too. She was only a day old when the officer decided to adopt her as well.
The cop admits that he never planned on having such a big family, but he’s never been happier. He said that the second he laid eyes on the boy, he knew he wanted to look after him for the rest of his life.
The once abused boy seems to be fitting in great with the Thompson family. “John is amazing. He’s a straight-A student, on the honor roll, in the gifted and talented program, involved in the local drama club,” Thompson told CBS News of his now 10-year-old son. “That kid’s very resilient. He bounced back from this.”
Officer Thompson was recently given a commendation by the police department in honor of his compassion toward the two siblings.
“Jody’s actions as well has his family’s are second to none. The example of love and compassion he has shown to this young man and his sister is an example everyone should follow,” Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen said in a statement. “It’s men like you that make me proud of our law enforcement brothers and sisters. You are very deserving of this commendation. I am proud to serve with you.”