90-year-old Idaho WWII veteran gets new wheels after trike stolen

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by Justin Corr

khou.com

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

IDAHO CITY -- A heartwarming update today to what was a heartbreaking story.

A 90-year-old veteran in Idaho City, John Turck, had his only means of transportation stolen from him on Memorial Day weekend.

But Wednesday saw a happy ending that Turck says helped restore his faith in human nature.

We do a lot of stories that can be discouraging. And this one certainly started out that way.

But, up in Idaho City, everyone was moved by the caring shared by total strangers.

"I knew I had to have it and I didn't," said Turck.

Over Memorial Day weekend, World War II veteran John Turck had his only mode of transportation, a trike, stolen from his Idaho City home.

"I didn't get real mad. I just got kind of disgusted," said Turck.

KTVB viewers got disgusted too, but they also got busy.

Hours after the story aired, offers of donations of money and new and used trikes from across the West poured into the local VFW Post 142.

"The amount of phone calls that I got yesterday at dispatch and even at city hall has been heartwarming," said Terry Thomas, Commander for District 5.

Mark Stevens, a Boy Scout assistant in Boise, and his family of scouts were the folks who were able to get a replacement like-new trike to John first.

"Me and my sons were watching TV, they heard this and said, 'We ought-ta give him grandma's bike.' So we put this together and made it happen," said Stevens.

John was overwhelmed by this gift and the offer of all the gifts from total strangers.

"It's absolutely insane," said Turck. "Thanks to all of them. I'd like to be able to thank them all individually, but that would be impossible. There are so many nice people. It kind of changes my mind about human nature."

So what does the VFW do with all the other offers to help out?

They can put money into a fund to help other vets in the community.

And they'll still take any trikes people want to donate, fix them up and give those to other vets.

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