Police officer serenades 93-year-old after his home was robbed

A UK police officer cheers up an elderly man who was robbed. Source: Youtube - Nottinghamshire Police

A UK police officer is proof that a small gesture goes a long way. The officer is being praised for cheering up a 93-year-old man, who was sadly robbed earlier this month. During a routine home revisit, the officer made the man’s day with a private piano performance in his living room. 

In a video posted to the Mansfield Police Department’s Facebook page, the officer explained how his routine visit transformed into a musical performance. 

“Following a theft revisit today for a ninety three year old gentleman, it truly made me feel good about myself and the job I do. He felt wanted and reassured. He was really pleased that we had checked in on him to see that he was ok,” the officer wrote. 

The officer went on to explain that during the visit he noticed a piano in the living room with a piece of Chopin music open on its stand. 

“I noticed he had a piano with music open – one of his favourite Chopin pieces he said, a nocturne. I told him it was my late grandma’s favourite too! I said I could play, so he invited me to play for him, which I did. It made his day, as you can see in the video you can see how much he appreciated it.”

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Playing the piano

Following a theft revisit today for a ninety three year old gentleman, it truly made me feel good about myself and the job I do. He felt wanted and reassured. He was really pleased that we had checked in on him to see that he was ok. He shared stories about him 'getting his wings', being a pilot, the war and sadly the loss of his beloved wife on Christmas Eve a few years ago. I noticed he had a piano with music open – one of his favourite Chopin pieces he said, a nocturne. I told him it was my late grandma's favourite too! I said I could play, so he invited me to play for him, which I did. It made his day, as you can see in the video you can see how much he appreciated it. Job satisfaction.

Posted by Mansfield Police: Forest Town, Woodhouse, Berry Hill and surrounding areas on Thursday, 18 January 2018

The officer said he achieved great “job satisfaction” after visiting the elderly man, who also shared stories about becoming a pilot, “getting his wings”, the war and living alone after the death of wife. 

“He shared stories about him ‘getting his wings’, being a pilot, the war and sadly the loss of his beloved wife on Christmas Eve a few years ago,” the officer continued. 

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People quickly rushed to the Facebook page to show their support.  One person wrote: “Absolutely beautiful. Massively proud of our cops,” while another added, “Well, what a wonderful start to the week. Well done to you.”

The heartwarming video has been viewed over 400,000 times and shared over 2000 times on social media. Sadly, loneliness is common among the elderly. According to Age UK, over one million elderly people say they always or often feel lonely. 

What are your thoughts? Do you think this was a sweet gesture? How often do you visit your elderly relatives?

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