Every day, 70-year-old veteran went to go see “the most beautiful woman in the world.” But on the day his car broke down, James Wright needed to start walking. He didn’t care what it took to go see the beautiful woman. Although the trek was several miles, the tough veteran took out on foot to see his wife who had been moved into a nursing home. Wright couldn’t live without her and didn’t care if the blisters on his toes bled and his feet hurt. He walked along the road to his queen – her forever loyal and loving husband. Until the police saw what he was doing and stopped him in his tracks…
“I don’t care if it’s raining, snowing, or what, I’m going to see my wife. Even if I have to crawl.”
On one day, U.S. military veteran James Wright was walking to his wife when he suddenly became too exhausted to go on. He was still miles away from the nursing home and didn’t know how he could go on. But he forced himself. He had learned that willpower while a young soldier. He drew on that inner strength he knew was always within him and continued going in the heat.
Lt. Charles Plitt of the Weaver Police Department saw Wright. The old veteran looked exhausted and the cop wanted to help.
Because Plitt was manning a speed trap, Wright was forced to walk right by his idling vehicle. Plitt asked the veteran if he needed help. Wright could not tell a lie.
“I tried, but I just can’t make it… I can’t walk no more,” Wright told Plitt. “I just can’t walk no more and I want to see my wife.”
Plitt then offered Wright a ride to the nursing home. It made all the difference in the world to the old man who had risked his life for American freedom back in his youth.
“After he got in, I thought back to how many times I tell people to be cautious about picking up strangers and about being very careful about picking up hitchhikers and such – usually preaching about not doing it at all, but for some reason I knew this situation was different,” Plitt wrote in a Facebook post.
Wright was exuberant when they arrived at the nursing home. New life had been breathed back into his old body.
“You see that window with the shades pulled back? That’s my wife’s room. She’s gonna be so happy I’m here!” Wright said.
Because the moment was so uplifting, their story was posted onto the Weaver Police Department Facebook page. It went viral overnight.
Because Lt. Plitt was kind to the old veteran, America couldn’t get enough of the story. The old man had simply been lovesick for his wife. And their interaction reminded us all how Memorial Day and July Fourth should be celebrated.
Stories like this remind us to be kind to our neighbors. Police officers like Lt. Plitt are an example of how cops can protect and serve their communities.
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