In 2015, Poteau, OK, 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.
Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen explained what happened in that child abuse case.
"Based on some of the case facts, when we found him he was bound by his hands and feet with rope and had been submerged in a trash can, held in the shower," Fruen said. "They weren't feeding him. He didn't have much to eat. I think what he did get to eat he got at school. Bruises, he was covered in bruises from head to toe."
Investigators said the little boy was taken to the hospital by Officer Thompson, who stayed by his side while recovering in the intensive care unit, KFSM TV.
Thompson and his wife later adopted John Thompson, now 10.