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An Oklahoma police officer called to the scene of a shocking child abuse case ended up adopting the little boy he saved.

Jody Thompson of the Poteau Police Department responded to the call in 2015 and found an 8-year-old boy named John in dire need of help.

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“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,” Thompson recalled in an interview with KFSM. “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.”

Thompson stayed by John’s side in the intensive care unit at a hospital throughout his recovery and ended up adopting the boy as his own. Now, he’s excelling in school as a straight-A student in the gifted program.

“He’s the reason why I’m here right now,” said John, who’s now 10 years old.

In addition to taking in John, the Thompsons also took in John’s biological sister after finding out his mother gave birth to a baby girl in jail.

“We picked her up at the hospital. She was barely 24 hours old and we brought her home,” said Thompson.

Fellow police officers applaud Thompson for his selflessness towards those he serves.

“All of us can sit back and say we could do the same,” police chief Steven Fruen said. “But to come through with it and to do that, that’s the measure of a man — and a very good police officer.”