We've shared stories about officers going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and serve their community, or showing some incredible generosity, but one act of kindness by an officer from Oklahoma has them all beat.
Officer Jody Thompson is the father to 5 children - 3 biological kids and 2 who were adopted. The story of how his youngest son John and his daughter Paizly joined his family reveals why Thompson's police chief calls this caring officer "second to none."
It all started when Jody, who was off duty, overheard another officer's call about a mistreated child. Jody has experience in that department from his time working with the district attorney, so he volunteered to answer the call.
When Jody arrived, he found 8-year-old John in rough condition. The boy had been neglected and mistreated by his parents, and was being underfed. That night, Jody stayed by John's side in the hospital all night.
By the time John woke up, Jody had made a life-changing decision for the two of them. "When I seen him in that house, I knew," he said.
He called the Department of Human Services, and in a few days he had become John's official foster father, and soon the adoption process was underway. While this was a great start, it would take a lot more work to reunite John with his baby sister.
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Officer Thompson's family, including a pair of teenage boys and his pregnant wife, were surprised by Jody's snap decision, but they knew in their hearts he had made the right call.
John quickly adjusted to his new home. Today, he's a straight-A student and studies in a program for talented students. But the family was in for one more surprise just a few months later.
Out of the blue, Jody got a call asking if he would also be the foster father to Paizly, John's baby sister.
Paizly had been born while her mother was behind bars, but her biological parents still fought to keep custody of their daughter.
John actually had to take the stand in a jury trial, asking them to give officer Thompson full custody. Thankfully, everything worked out in the end and the family is reunited now.
Officer Thompson and John are sharing their stories with others now, hoping it will raise awareness for other children in John's situation. The little boy sums it all up perfectly, saying that his new father is "the reason I'm here right now."
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