“It was a nice change to have somebody to talk to. Somebody different to talk to,” Mr Thomson said.
When police in the UK received a call on Tuesday from an elderly couple, they were concerned that 95-year-old Fred Thomson was injured from a fall.
“[Mrs Thomson] was having difficulty with her husband,” Police Constable Stu Ockwell told UK newspaper The Telegraph. “Our thoughts were originally that the husband’s probably had a fall.”
But what Ockwell and his partner found when they arrived at the Manchester home was even more heartbreaking than that.
The pair found neither Mr Thomson or his wife needed medical help, but they did need attention of another kind.
“The call had been made out of desperation”, The Telegraph UK reports.
“We arrived to find something completely different. What we found was a lovely elderly couple who were caring for each other, probably finding it a bit difficult to care for each other with their ailments and their age, and that were in need of a bit of company if anything,” Ockwell elaborated in a video interview.
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Rather than turning on their heels to return to fighting crime, Ockwell and his partner did something so decent — so human — that it’s making headlines across the world today.