By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. — A 70-year-old Alabama man who walks miles to visit his wife, who has dementia and lives in a nursing home, had an emotional encounter with an off-duty police officer last week.
Wright flagged down the officer and told him he couldn’t walk anymore because he recently had a stroke. He told Plitt that he was on his way to visit his wife, who lives in a nursing home. The officer offered to give him a ride and learned that Wright was a veteran, and he talked about the wars in which he’d fought and the friends he’d lost.
Plitt said Wright’s spirits lifted as they arrived at the nursing home. After thanking the officer for the ride, Wright hurried in to visit his wife. In a Facebook post, Plitt said he’s working to see if Wright’s truck can be fixed or if they can help him with future transportation needs.
Plitt said his encounter with Wright reminded him what Memorial Day is all about.