Officer offers kind gesture to man walking home for the holidays

(Courtesy: Adam Thomas/Facebook)

Le Claire, Iowa (KWQC) – An Iowa police officer goes above the call of duty to help someone in need. A man was spotted sleeping in a ditch along Interstate 80 near Le Claire over the weekend. He told Le Claire Officer Adam Thomas he was resting while walking from Des Moines all the way to Peoria. He told the officer he was trying to get home for the holiday and couldn’t find a ride.

Thomas decided to buy him a meal and took him as far as his jurisdiction would allow which was across the river to the Illinois welcome center. He snapped a picture with the man and says he learned a lot during their brief encounter.

“When he said he wanted to get home for the holidays it kind of hit home for me. He’s an adult and everybody has tough times in their life. It wasn’t necessarily being a police officer. I think anyone would have helped. Someone even wanted to stop and check on him so other people cared,” said Officer Thomas.

We tried to track the man down, but attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. Thomas says many people have reached out with hopes to help the man get to his destination, but he’s not sure if he made it to Peoria or not. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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