Tennessee cop takes 84-year-old woman for hair appointment

After coming across an 80-year-old woman walking alone down a road, a police officer performed a simple act of kindness by escorting her to her hairdressing appointment in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Officer Lance Hofeister explained that he was driving along Old Fort Parkway and noticed an elderly woman with her walker. “I didn’t know if she was gone, I didn’t know if she was lost, I didn’t know exactly what was going on, so that’s why I wanted to see how she was doing,” he said.

The woman, Elizabeth Goode, 84, took a bus from Nashville and was just dropped off at a stop. She was scheduled to do a perm in the nearby city center.

Hofeister gave Goode a one-mile ride to his destination. “She was such a sweet soul and told me a few stories along the way, but it was just a great time,” he said.

Videos released by the Murfreesboro Police Department show the officer bumping into Goode and escorting her to the mall. Credit: Murfreesboro Police Department via Storyful

Video transcript


LARRY FLOWERS: It was this TikTok post from sarahmarie988 on April 29 with the caption, I just saw this Murfreesboro cop take this lovely elderly lady to her hairdressing appointment. So far 160,000 views, more than 3600 likes and almost 100 comments. So we did a little investigation of our own to find out the backstory.

It was a routine day on patrol for Murfreesboro Police field training officer Lance Hofeister.

HOFEISTER BID: I was driving along Old Fort Parkway and I noticed what looked like an old man walking down the road with his walker.

LARRY FLOWERS: Hofeister was worried.

HOFEISTER BID: I didn’t know if she walked away. I didn’t know if she was lost. I didn’t know exactly what was going on. But that’s why I wanted to see how she was doing.

LARRY FLOWERS: The woman took a WeGo bus from Nashville and had just been dropped off at a bus stop in Old Fort Park.

HOFEISTER BID: She was too bright, too sweet. And she just said she was trying to get to her hairdresser.

LARRY FLOWERS: She was scheduled to do a perm at Paul Mitchell The School Murfreesboro at Stones River Town Center.

HOFEISTER BID: Do you like her?

ELIZABETH GOODE: If you stayed behind me, [INAUDIBLE].

HOFEISTER BID: Yes no problem. got you. Is ready?


HOFEISTER BID: Everything is fine. Alright, are you ok?


HOFEISTER BID: Okay, where’s your family?

LARRY FLOWERS: The mile-long ride gave Hofeister the opportunity to find out more about his new friend, 84-year-old Elizabeth Goode.

HOFEISTER BID: She is such a sweet soul and told me a few stories along the way. No, it was just a big, big time.

LARRY FLOWERS: The more they talked, Hofeister remembered someone close to his heart.

HOFEISTER BID: I lost my grandmother a few years ago. And it kind of gave me that feeling again of – I don’t know – sincere, nostalgic – I don’t know. It was just a great feeling.

LARRY FLOWERS: For Officer Hofeister, the simple gesture is at the top of all his requests for service.

HOFEISTER BID: It was definitely a sweet moment now. I will always remember. Let’s see how I can help you here.

ELIZABETH GOODE: [INAUDIBLE]. I can help myself.

HOFEISTER BID: [LAUGHS] This is not right.



LARRY FLOWERS: Community policing at its best.

HOFEISTER BID: You are very welcome. I’m Lance.

ELIZABETH GOODE: spear. I’m Elizabeth.

HOFEISTER BID: Elizabeth, good. I will never forget you.

ELIZABETH GOODE: Thanks. Thank you very much.

HOFEISTER BID: You’re welcome.


HOFEISTER BID: OK no problem.

LARRY FLOWERS: For “Behind the Badge”, I’m Larry Flowers.


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