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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:28 AM

A feel good in the middle of all this awfulness......

https://whnt.com/2019/11/08/deputies-help-hitchhiking-disabled-veteran-to-doctors-appointment-in-huntsville/?fbclid=IwAR3HdPpuYsx70tUaDTehZbGZHX3lCewWaAndMfVbwVZ02jbm7RO5UXSuSPU

A Walker County Deputy spotted the man in the photo walking down the side of the road with his oxygen tank on Wednesday, according to the post. The deputy stopped him to ask where he was headed and the man told him that he was walking or hitchhiking to Huntsville for a doctor’s appointment at the VA office.

The man is a Disabled American Veteran from the Gulf War. The man told the deputy that he could not miss the appointment so he decided to start walking because he doesn’t have transportation.

The kind deputy picked up the man and took him to the Cullman County Line where deputies from Cullman, Morgan and Madison County continued to transport the man to the VA.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office posted this photo and added that after the man stayed overnight in Huntsville, they all met up again to help return him home.

Jasper is about an hour and a half drive from Huntsville which would’ve made the take around 30 hours.


From the original facebook post- On Wednesday in Alabama, a Walker County Sheriff's Office Deputy came across a man walking down the road with an oxygen tank and learned he is a Disabled American Veteran trying to walk/hitchhike from the Jasper area to Huntsville for a Dr. Appointment he was told he could not miss. With no way to get there, he said he started walking.

The deputy acted quickly and escorted the Gulf War Veteran to the Cullman County line where a Cullman Sheriff Deputy picked him up. The deputy then transported him to the Morgan County Line where a Morgan County Sheriff Deputy took over and met a Madison County Sheriff Office Deputy in Huntsville who finished the trip and took the man to his appointment.

After an overnight stay, we were happy to do it all again today..... in reverse to help get the man back home.

🇺🇸We are thankful for our Veterans and were honored to play a small role in supporting this man who gave a great deal for our country!

7:55pm UPDATE: we are working with the veteran to see how he would like to handle the outpouring of support that has been offered. Stay tuned



I'm not happy with the police in my area for a few reasons, one being a personal encounter, so it was heartwarming to see them step up and help a man in need...


Edit update: this post was seen by over 7 million people, one who was the disabled vet’s estranged son who lives in Oklahoma. Now, they are in the process of reconnecting. Look what one little pebble in a pond accomplished. Small acts of kindness really do payoff bigly.

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:51 AM

1. Thank you.

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Response to Fireant16 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:55 AM

2. yeah-I'm pretty p'od with the police right now, so I was glad to see them do this.

My brother and BIL are both cops, so don't think I don't like the police or don't support them, but there are a few questionable things going on in N. Alabama right now that don't sit well with me, and my husband had an encounter with a police officer and the PO was not professional...anyway, I was glad to see them do this. They do a lot that most people never know about.

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:03 AM

3. I think so many of us are on edge these days that

we need to give each other some slack....and that includes
police officers.

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Response to Fireant16 (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:06 AM

4. I agree...in my personal case, I just hope the PO had had a bad day.

In the other case that is ongoing in Madison, AL, I am waiting to see the results, but it really doesn't look good for the police. I'm hoping there is not a coverup. Social media is not helping the situation.

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:19 AM

5. I'd say it's a coverup since they wont release the bodycam footage.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:23 AM

6. That's what I am afraid of.

If the video exonerated the cops. they would have released it already. The Madison police already have a strike against them in the Patel case from a few years ago(that PO still works on the force there too). I don't trust them.

supposed to be a protest tonight. Hope it stays peaceful.

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:31 AM

7. Yep, but they had footage of the cop using excessive force on the Patel guy

and they cleared the cop... that was wrong.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:38 AM

8. It sure was. I was called for federal jury duty on that case, but was not chosen

probably because of my family being in law enforcement.

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:37 AM

9. Great feel-good story

I was down in the area in August, to Fayetteville TN, on the AL line. I had never been there before. It was really beautiful.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:51 AM

10. yep-I remember-You picked up your puppy

He's a beaut too....

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 11:10 AM

11. He's not very happy this morning

Keeshond's bark. Boy, do they bark. We just set up one of these ultrasonic no-bark devices. It's actually working, but he looks really hurt and resentful.

The cats seem pretty grateful, though.

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Thu Nov 14, 2019, 12:47 AM

12. Fantastic story. I am a disabled vet but more lucky than this guy. Thanks to all who helped him.

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Response to oldenuff35 (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 14, 2019, 08:47 AM

13. I was glad to see people step up and help.

this facebook post garnered millions of views, and offers of assistance for the vet. I hope it all works out for him.

And thank YOU for your service.

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