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Written by  Wednesday, 30 August 2017 17:24
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Rick West present Jody Thompson with citation for showing compassion and commitment when he adopted two vulnerable LeFlore County children. Rick West present Jody Thompson with citation for showing compassion and commitment when he adopted two vulnerable LeFlore County children. Photo by David Deaton - OKW News

Press Release

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Rick West delivered a citation to Poteau Police Officer Jody Thompson today.

 

Thompson showed unparalleled compassion and commitment when he adopted two vulnerable LeFlore County children.

 

In April 2015, Thompson responded to a dispatch regarding child abuse. Though he was off-duty at the time, Thompson arrived on scene to find an abused and terrified 8-year-old boy named John. The officer stayed with John throughout his stay in the hospital and ended up fostering John after he was released.

 

A few months later, Thompson learned John’s mother had given birth to a baby girl while in jail. Thompson and his wife Jeannie picked up the newborn from the hospital and took her in as their own as well.

 

Eventually, Thompson and Jeannie adopted John and his sister Paizley. The family now has five children, including their three biological children Charley, Ryan and Zaven.

 

“This man went above and beyond his call of duty,” said Rep. West, R-Heavener. “Officer Thompson showed great honor when he saw a need and followed through to protect these dear children. LeFlore County cannot thank Officer Thompson and his wife Jeannie enough for their dedication to the state. They are true examples of selfless Oklahomans, and I pray we all try to be a bit more like the Thompsons.”

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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