It seems a small gesture goes a long away. Two Queensland police officers are being praised for cheering up an elderly lady, who was sadly robbed last week.
Constable Matt Boswell and Senior Constable Christopher Couch made the woman’s day with a conversation over a cup of tea.
The police duo said when they were called to the break-in, they arrived to find the elderly owner shaken and a destroyed door. According to the report, the Brisbane woman had disturbed the offender as he was trying to break into her home.
“It was clear the lady was very shaken from the ordeal,” Boswell said. “However, the first thing she said was, ‘do you want a cup of tea’.”
The woman had recently lost her husband and was just getting used to living alone when the incident occurred.
“We wanted to make her feel safe in her own home once again,” he told the publication.
Boswell, who was previously a ‘tradie’, set about the task of repairing her broken door.
“I went to work bending the hinges back and drilling new screw holes to re-hang the door on the door jamb,” he said. “It was not a perfect by any means, but the door was locked and secured.
“We made sure she was OK,” Boswell added.
This isn’t the first time the heartwarming gestures of police officers haven’t gone unnoticed. A UK police officer recently made headlines after he made a man’s day, who was recently robbed, 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.”