Son Calls The Police On His 94-Year-Old Dad Who Wants To Go On 2,200 Mile Trip By Himself And The Cop Offers To Drive Him

Son Calls The Police On His 94-Year-Old Dad Who Wants To Go On 2,200 Mile Trip By Himself And The Cop Offers To Drive Him

The 94-year-old didn’t have any family close by. so when his son found out that his dad wanted to drive himself across the country from Arizona to Florida, he knew he couldn’t let it happen. His son decided to call the cops on his own father. But what he didn’t expect was the shocking response the cop would have upon meeting the 94-year-old veteran.
A police officer and a World War II veteran became best friends in the oddest way that is captivating the nation. 94-year-old Glendale, Arizona resident Howard Benson served his country with distinction as a young man. Ever resourceful and independent, Howard planned on moving from Glendale to an assisted living facility in Florida by himself, loading up a tractor-trailer with his belongings and getting ready for the open road.

While Howard might have been determined, his son was greatly concerned about the safety of a nonagenarian traveling cross-country by himself. Howard’s son contacted the Glendale Police Department about his concerns, asking if the department could send someone to do a wellness check on his father. Glendale Police knew immediately that Sergeant Jeff Turney was the best man for the job. Sergeant Turney is himself a retired military man, having served in the Air Force. Because of his previous service to his country, the Glendale Police Department frequently has Sergeant Turney deal with situations involving veterans and former members of the military.

Speaking with reporters from KTAR-FM, Sergeant Turney knew that Howard would be a complex case the moment he met him. After speaking with the World War II veteran, Sergeant Turney was of the opinion that no haggling or arguments would convince Howard to cancel or delay his 2,200-mile trip, which was scheduled to begin the following day. To make sure that Howard got to Florida safely, Sergeant Turney decided to drive with him on the 30-hour trek.

Despite barely knowing each other at the outset of the trip, through their journey, Howard and Sergeant Turney became best friends. The police sergeant recalled how Howard regaled him with stories from throughout his long life and his determination to see the country he loves so much a final time. Jeff, in turn, posted updates on their adventures to Facebook Live, saying that it was an honor to be helping a man of Howard’s stature. As the two grew to know each other, the elderly vet got a new nickname from Turney: Hurricane Howard, which was bestowed on him after they faced Hurricane Dorian.

When the duo arrived at the assisted living center in the Sunshine State, they were greeted by a beautiful sight: people waving American flags and singing patriotic songs. As Sergeant Turney returned home to Arizona, he felt it was his incredible honor to have met a man who had led such an interesting and full life. In the end, Sergeant Turney hopes that his story inspires others to help those in their community and do the right thing.

What do you think of Howard and Sergeant Turney’s story? How would you have responded if you were in Sergeant Turney’s position? Let us know in the comments and be sure to pass this article along to others.

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