A pair of 'angels' who found a veteran who was lost have been located

Thursday, July 18, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

Jackie Cobbs is desperately searching for the kind men who saved her husband after he drove off in his electric wheelchair. (Source: Jackie Cobbs)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- After a News 12 story aired discussing the search for a pair of men who helped locate a missing veteran, the two men have come forward.

They are Brian and David Cowart. The father and son found Bill Cobbs in his wheelchair under a tree near their house.

When asked why they stopped, Brian said, “I was raised to help whenever I see someone in need.”

Bill and Jackie went to the VA Hospital for an appointment Tuesday afternoon. In a moment of confusion, Bill took off in his electric wheelchair. Jackie says she has bad knees and ankles and could not chase after him.

"I was so scared and trying not to cry. I was just - I was just in a panic," she said.

According to Jackie, two men found the 80-year-old under a tree on Maryland Avenue. She says they gave him water, chatted with him until he got acclimated, and then drove him back to the hospital.

"Up pulls the truck with his wheelchair on the back of the truck and him in the front seat smiling," she said. "I was so glad to see him."

"Those guys are just wonderful. I just wish I'd have thunk to get their name," said Jackie.

Jackie reached out to News 12 to see if we could help. Now, the Facebook post on Meredith Anderson's Facebook page has more than 900 shares.

"I just called them my angels. They're my angels. God's angels that He sent to take care of Bill," she said.

In the meantime, Jackie says she will be keeping a close eye on her husband.

"He's never getting out of my sight again," she said through laughter.

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