An officer escorts an elderly woman walking along a busy highway to a hair salon
Tennessee officer recognized for good deed after onlooker captured sweet moment and shared on TikTok.
Murfreesboro Police Department Officer Lance Hofmeister thought he was just doing his job when he helped escort Elizabeth Goode, 84, to her hair appointment in April. But unbeknownst to him, his good deed has not gone unnoticed.
On the morning of April 29, 2022, Hofmeister was patrolling his designated area when he saw Goode walking on a busy stretch of freeway.
“It’s part of my area that I work in every day and I just observed him walking down an extremely busy road with his walker,” Hofmeister told FOX TV Stations.
Freeze frame of dash cam footage showing Officer Lance Hoffmeister stopping to speak with Elizabeth Goode on April 29, 2022. (Murfreesboro (TN) Police Department)
Hofmeister said the highway where Goode walked is one of the busiest and has one of the highest car accident rates in the area. “There were hundreds of cars passing by,” he added.
So he decided to shoulder his cruiser to ask if Goode was okay.
“I asked her if she was okay, first of all, and she said yes. She was just heading to her hair appointment. And I said, ‘Where are you from?’ I know there are a few beauty salons around, but I just wanted to know a bit more,” Hofmeister said.
Goode had taken a nearly 45-minute bus ride from Nashville to Murfreesboro to get to her hair appointment at the Paul Mitchell Studio, according to Hofmeister. After the bus dropped her off, she still had about a mile to go.
Freeze frame showing the WeGo bus that Goode took from Nashville to Murfreesboro. (Murfreesboro (TN) Police Department)
“She would have come all this way, I don’t doubt that at all. It might have taken her a little while, but she was determined to make it to that date,” Hofmeister said.
But instead of allowing this determined elderly person to complete his already long journey, Hofmeister offered to accompany him to the end.
“So I asked him, ‘Would you mind if I drove you? Want a ride?’ And she said, “Oh, absolutely, that would be lovely. She was extremely willing to accept the ride. I think she was quite grateful. It really wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, minus the fact that she was walking on this road, I mean we do things like that all the time,” Hofmeister said.
Freeze frame of interior footage from Hofmeister’s cruiser showing Goode getting into the back seat. (Murfreesboro (TN) Police Department)
During the drive to the show, Hofmeister said he made a connection with Goode, who reminded him of his own grandmother who had passed away a few years earlier.
“She kinda reminds me of my grandma. She’s super nice, she’s a gun, she’s very strong and hilarious so, I don’t know, I was drawn to her. She feels like home . I’m from Wisconsin, and she just reminds me of home,” Hofmeister said.
As he dropped Goode off at the show, Hofmeister would later discover that his actions had been recorded and shared on TikTok.
“I just saw this Murfreesboro police officer take this adorable elderly lady to her hair appointment,” the post read.
The video became instantly popular, garnering over 160,000 views and hundreds of comments praising the officer for his good deed.
“Obviously none of this would have happened without the person who put it on TikTok and I’ve never met her or spoken to her yet, but I would also like to thank her,” Hofmeister said.
Freeze frame from dash cam footage showing Hofmeister and Goode arriving at the Paul Mitchell studio. (Murfreesboro (TN) Police Department)
While grateful to the viewer who shared the video, Hofmeister said it was just another day at the office.
“A ton of us, in my particular department, I know there are a lot of good officers there, but my particular department, I think we try to spread acts of kindness all the time. We have a ton of community connections around here,” he continued. “It’s been a real blessing. But we really do a lot of acts that aren’t recorded.”
“It’s definitely a little strange to me, I’m not used to attention but as long as it spreads joy and acts of kindness, you know, if I were to give someone a message, this is what i want people to do is , you don’t have to be in law enforcement to watch people. If you see someone who you think might be in distress or needs to be watched, or just to make sure he’s okay, do it. That’s why I became a police officer. I really like to help people and I don’t need anything from it, I just want spread this and make sure other people have it too,” he added.
Hofmeister said he is in constant contact with Goode to this day. He and his wife even planned dinner with Goode this week.
And although they have become great friends, there is sad news in this beautiful story. Goode is moving to North Carolina so Hofmeister won’t be able to see her but plans to keep in touch regardless. He and his wife even discussed the possibility of seeing Goode while visiting friends in North Carolina.
“I’m actually super sad because she’s moving to North Carolina now, so we won’t be able to see her as much, but I definitely plan on keeping in touch with her,” he said.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.