An Oklahoma officer has been honored after he adopted an 8-year-old boy that he rescued from extreme child abuse in 2015. He also adopted the boy’s baby sister. It is a beautiful and remarkable story….One that you would expect to see on Hallmark Channel.
The Poteau Police Department awarded Officer Jody Thompson with a certificate of commendation.
Police Chief Stephen Fuen stated, “Jody’s actions as well as his families 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.”
Thompson first met 8-year-old John back in 2015 when he responded to a call about child abuse. He said, “He did not have a spot on his body that didn’t have a bruise or abrasion… It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
The officer knew then that he had to do something to save John’s life.
The officer took the boy to an Oklahoma Children’s Advocacy Center and then drove him to the hospital, where he stayed with the child until the next day.
A few days later, Thompson became a certified foster parent and brought John home.
Thompson said, “At the time, I had a 15-year-old and an 8-year-old son. When I brought John home, I didn’t tell them or my wife.”
The Thompsons welcomed John into their home in April 2015. Seven months later, they brought home John’s baby sister after she was born while their biological mother was in jail, CBS News reported.
John’s biological parents reportedly gave up their rights as parents and he was officially adopted in August 2016. After a lengthy trial, the Thompsons adopted Paizley, John’s sister, in February.
“John is amazing, He’s a straight-A student, on the honor roll, in the gifted and talented program, involved with the local drama club,” Thompson said of his adopted son — who is now 10 years old.