Police officer sings to blind woman after helping her with her microwave

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 15:20:59-04

LOGAN, Utah-- As Officer Kristian Johnson rushed to Shirley Hardman's home dispatch let him know that Shirley is blind and that a month ago her oven caught on fire - destroying her kitchen.

"I told him what I was trying to do, but the microwave wouldn't stop beeping and I didn't want a second house fire," she said.

Officer Johnson's body camera was rolling while the two were in the kitchen.
"He was able to stop the beeping and was ready to depart and I thought you just got here and could hardly stand to tell him goodbye," Hardman said.

So when Officer Johnson asked if there was anything he could do for her she said, "Can you sing?"
"I immediately just knee-jerk reaction said, 'No I don't, I'm not a good singer.' Which is true," he said.
But she said, "Well, I think you can start now."
"I knew at that moment that this sweet lady wanted a song and there was no way I was going to say no to her again," Johnson said.
He asked her, "What would you like to hear?"
"You are my sunshine," she said.
"She turned pretty quickly and her expression changed," the officer said.

"It was simply grand. Just warm and wonderful and lovely and so personal," she recalled.
"It was obvious that it meant something to her and for me it made my day, it made my week," Johnson said.
"I don't understand the technical workings of a lot of things, but I do understand people a little better and he just was so friendly and so warm and so willing to help. I just knew he was a special person," Hardman said.

After leaving Shirley's house, the officer made a copy of the body camera footage for himself. That way he can watch it after he has difficult days on the job to remember good days like this do happen.