In 2015, Poteau Police Officer Jody Thompson said he was pulling into the parking lot of work when a call of child abuse went out.

“I thought I would respond to the call with on duty officers to see if I could give any kind of assistance,” Thompson said.

It was at that moment when Thompson arrived that he met his future son. He responded with quite a bit of emotion when asked at what point he knew he would never leave the then 8-year-old’s side.

“When I seen him. When I seen him in that house… I knew,” Thompson said.

Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen explained what happened in that child abuse case.