Julie Fine, NBC 5 News
Chuck Knudson was driving with his dad near the Dallas North Tollway in Dallas, when he heard a Silver Alert on the radio for 86-year-old Bill Kirby Sr. Knudson called police and followed Kirby to safety.
A Good Samaritan heard a Silver Alert on the radio and helped locate a missing Arlington man.
Bill Kirby Sr., 86, went to the store Thursday night and never came back. Kirby, who had been showing signs of dementia, was gone for 16 hours.
Chuck Knudson was driving with his dad near the Dallas North Tollway in Dallas, when he heard a Silver Alert on the radio. Knudson remembered that the car Kirby was reportedly driving had Army insignia on it.
“I am a vet. He is a vet,” added Knudson.
Knudson called 911 and made sure he didn't lose sight of Kirby's vehicle.
“I did not want to let him get away,” said Knudson.
He stayed on the phone with them, to make sure Kirby was okay
“My dad is with me he is 88. You kind of think this could be you,” Knudson said.
Knudson followed Kirby's vehicle from Dallas to Plano and then to The Colony.
Kirby finally pulled into the parking lot at the Home Depot on state Highway 121 where he was reunited with his son, who is so thankful for Knudson's actions.
“He made all of the difference in the world for having a merry Christmas, and a not so merry christmas for us,” said Bill Kirby, Jr.
Knudson doesn’t want any credit, but wants the public to be aware of how they can help make a difference.
“Watch the signs. Listen up. I never thought it would happen but bang there he was,” Knudson said.