Acts of Kindness
Officer takes 94-year-old man on 2,200-mile road trip
When an interviewer told Sgt. Turney that a cop can only be expected to do so much he said, "Yeah. But as a person, you've got to step it up." 💘
Elijah Chan
09.23.22

How ready are you to go on a spontaneous road trip?

Every policeman can agree that you’ll never expect what will happen once the phone at the station rings.

So when Sergeant Jeff Turney responded to a dispatch, he found himself packing his bags.

He was taking a road trip.

YouTube Screenshot - CBS Evening News
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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Evening News

It all started with a phone call from one of Howard Benson’s children.

His son called the cops on him.

What happened next was truly hilarious yet heartwarming. Sergeant Turney knocked at Benson’s home after the call.

Apparently, the 94-year-old veteran was planning to drive his way across the country to Florida to be closer to his family.

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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Evening News

As stubborn as they come

You can’t blame his worried children for calling the cops because Benson was just too stubborn. They were hoping the police officers can talk sense into the old man.

When Sergeant Turney walked into Benson’s home, he saw the man sitting as if no plan of a great adventure was being hatched.

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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Evening News

“When I arrived, Howard was sitting there with his WWII hat. He was extremely proud of his service,” explains Sergeant Turney to ABC.

Like talking to a brick wall

As hard as Sergeant Turney tried, it felt like convincing a mountain to move.

But he also knew that he couldn’t leave Benson alone. For one, he’s wheelchair-bound which means he can’t drive.

Second, he was planning on driving all the way from Glendale, Arizona to Florida where his new nursing facility was located.

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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Evening News

We’ve seen a lot of police officers go above and beyond for their community.

Sergeant Turney isn’t a stranger to going out of one’s way to help, but this time, he truly went the distance.

There was no help for it.

He came back to Benson and helped him load a towed trailer. Benson beamed and asked if the Sergeant would also help him find a driver to finish his last mission.

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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Evening News

Sergeant Turney said no before telling the old man that he was going to do it himself.

“I thought about it for a second and knew he was going to go anyway. I had the next three days off and I just asked him, ‘how about I take you?’ He had a big smile on his face and he said – ‘You?!'”He told ABC.

A gift from the heart

With his own vacation time and own money, Sergeant Turney joined in this great adventure.

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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Evening News

They spent the next three days talking about Benson’s 94 years of life – from his service in the Navy during the Second World War, to his anxieties about moving into his new nursing home.

He also conceded to Sergeant Turney that it was possibly the last journey he’ll make, so he decided to drive so he can see America for one last time.

Thankfully, Benson met Sergeant Turney.

After their great adventure, Benson passed away peacefully. The Glendale Police Department shared a short obituary via Twitter:

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Twitter - @GlendaleAZPD

“He got to see his United States one more time. He got one more birthday and one more Veteran’s Day. But sadly, Howard Benson passed away yesterday.” The police station said via Twitter.

Twitter - @GlendaleAZPD
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Twitter - @GlendaleAZPD

“I’ve never seen a person so dedicated to helping people in my life,” Benson said in an interview with CBS, “I can’t thank that gentleman enough.”

Watch how a police officer decided to drive a veteran from Arizona to Florida.

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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