An Ohio police officer helped an elderly woman find her way after losing her way with more than 1,000 more miles to drive.
Cincinatti police officer Viriginia Villing spotted 71-year-old Shirley McKeown when the woman pulled up to ask for help while Villing was conducting a traffic stop.
McKeown had gotten lost while driving alone to Venus, Florida for the Christmas holiday.
“I thought, ‘Gosh, if this is my mom, she needs a little bit more than the maps she had highlighted,’” Villing told WXIX.
Then, Villing grabbed her GPS and gave it to McKeown, telling her, “Christmas is going to come a little early for ya.”
Villing showed McKeown how to use the device and sent her on her way with well wishes to get to Florida safe.
Although McKeown had never used a GPS before, she ended up making it to the Sunshine State to spend the holidays with her family. She was so grateful for Villing’s help that she wrote her a thank you card to accompany the return of the GPS, although the officer had told her to keep it.
“She was just a sweetheart,” McKeown said of Villing. “I talked to a few other officers there, and they were just as nice as she was. You have a great department down there.”
During her more than 20 years with the Cincinnati Police Department, Villing has earned a reputation for going out of her way to help citizens, said her supervisor, Sgt. Christopher Seta.
“I think police officers do things to help people every day,” Seta said. “We don’t get recognized for it all the time.”