Some stories are unbelievably heartbreaking, while others are incredibly uplifting. The story of Oklahoma police officer Jody Thompson and how he acquired such a big family is both.
Officer Thompson was getting off his shift and dropped his partner off at the Poteau Police Department. That’s when he heard a call come across dispatch that would change the lives of many people, including Officer Thompson’s, forever.
The call coming through from dispatch was for a child abuse report in town. Thompson was a 16-year veteran of the police force, but before then worked at the district attorney’s office and handled many child abuse cases.
Something told him that he had to respond, despite being off-duty.
Thompson arrived at the scene and was horrified by what he had seen.
A severely underweight eight-year-old boy had his hands bound by a belt and was submerged in a garbage can filled with icy water.
“He did not have a spot on his body that didn’t have a bruise or abrasion,” Thompson said. “It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
Thompson put a blanket around the boy whose name was John but he knew that he couldn’t just walk away.
“When I’d seen him in that house shivering and his hands tied — just soaking wet and confused — I knew at that moment the only time I would be satisfied and sure that he was safe is if he was with me,” Thompson said.
Officer Thompson went with John to the hospital and stayed overnight, never leaving his side. Three years later, and he still hasn’t left John’s side.
Head to the next page to see John’s happy ending…