Elderly Couple Calls Cops for Sweetest Reason. Officer Goes Above & Beyond Call of Duty


Police officers do not have easy jobs. They usually put themselves in the face of danger and sacrifice everything for the communities they serve.

There are moments when they get to help people out in unexpected ways. For example, two officers in England played the piano for an elderly man and listened to him tell stories of his past.

They were doing their daily rounds and decided to check in on an elderly man. Months earlier, there had been a burglary in the 93-year-old man’s home, so the officers wanted to make sure that he was okay.

“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,” wrote an officer on the Mansfield Police Facebook page.

One officer noticed a piano across the living room with a piece of Chopin, offered to play for the elderly man and made his day.

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In another instance, an elderly man called the police with a simple and urgent request: could someone please bring some food to his apartment?

He had been robbed by his caretaker and he had no money or food and the winter conditions kept him indoors. Luckily, four police officers came to his aid and used their own money to stock this man’s pantry for a month.

One elderly couple called the Sonoma County Sheriff with another unexpected problem. Their television had been stuck on at a high volume for several hours and they couldn’t figure out how to get it to stop.

I think all of us can relate to technical issues, but it’s even harder for people who are having to try to integrate themselves into the technology age.

Grandparents usually end up calling their grandkids with questions about cell phones or getting their internet to cooperate.

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When Deputy Merical answered the call from the elderly couple, he didn’t tell them to call a cable company. He went over to help them out.

He sat down with them and tried to figure out what was wrong with the television and their universal remote.

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“After some internet research and a universal remote programming session, Deputy Merical had the remote and TV in working order and the volume back to a tolerable level,” Sonoma County Sheriff said.

“Every day is different in our line of work, and we’re glad to help out where and when we can.”

Thank you, Deputy Merical, for inspiring us with your kindness.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Prescott, Arizona
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