Police departments around the country have implemented body camera programs to provide transparency of police officers’ interactions with the general public. And while, for the most part, these body cameras capture routine things, one officer’s camera captured a heartwarming interaction between a blind, elderly lady and the man she called for help.
Shirley Hardman was in her kitchen heating up a muffin in her microwave when she realized the microwave wouldn’t stop beeping. With no one else home and fearing her kitchen might catch on fire again, she called 911 for help.
“It’s not uncommon to get a call — well, it’s the first microwave I’ve ever fixed — but it’s not uncommon for the elderly to need some help; there is just no one to help them and they don’t know who else to call,” Officer Kristian Johnson of Utah’s Logan City Police Department told The Herald Journal.
Hardman was concerned her beeping microwave might cause another fire in her kitchen, so she called for help.
Hardman reportedly had a fire in her kitchen about a month before Officer Johnson answered her call, so her kitchen was in a state of repair, forcing her to use a microwave for all of her cooking. She was understandably concerned the beeping microwave might cause another fire, so she wanted someone to check it out for her.
Officer Johnson arrived at Hardman’s home in a few short minutes and got the situation under control in a matter of seconds. Once he made sure Hardman knew where the “cancel” button was on the microwave he asked if there was anything else he could do for her.
“Do you sing?” Hardman responded, catching Officer Johnson a little bit off guard.
The officer said he didn’t sing and added that he wasn’t a good singer, however, it turns out he was a bit modest with his answer. At Hardman’s request he sang “You Are My Sunshine” as the two of them stood in her kitchen.
The elderly woman remarked that she felt “kind of stupid” because of the previous fire and felt bad for making the officer come out to her house for what turned out not to be an issue.
“I couldn’t stand for him to just come and turn off the microwave and go home, so I just felt we needed to communicate a little further, so I invited him to sing,” she told The Herald Journal. “I felt nervy to ask him.”
Without questioning her request, Officer Johnson sang “You are my Sunshine” to Hardman.
Not only was this a one-of-a-kind experience for Hardman, but Officer Johnson said it left an impact on him as well. He reportedly downloaded his body camera footage so on the days where his job seems extra hard he can look back and see the happiness his job can bring people.