“We couldn’t let this stand,” 82-year-old crime victim surprised on Veterans Day

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BETHANY, Okla. -- He may be 82-years-old, but Louis Edmonds is just as sharp as the day he enlisted in the US Navy.

He served proudly for 10 years then moved to Bethany, Oklahoma to raise a family.

"I've got so many kids now I don't know how many," Edmonds joked.

This senior citizen would often ride a trike around the neighborhood to stay spry, but it was recently stolen from his front porch.

Edmond's son was voting Tuesday and just happened to strike up a conversation with Reserve Sheriff's Deputy Mike Davenport.

"Somebody stole his bike. We were all sad about that. It was a five-minute talk. We couldn't let this stand so we needed to find him a trike. We got an overwhelming response," Davenport told NewsChannel 4.

Everyone pitched in, bought a new tricycle and spiffed it up in red, white and blue.

It only seemed fitting to surprise Mr. Edmonds on a day we honor our veterans.

"Thank you so much," Edmonds said.

A 3-wheeled thank you for an American hero.

"God has been good to me. My country has been good to me. I don't know if I could ask for more," he said.

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