93-year-old man gets burgled, policeman visits and plays his favourite Chopin Nocturne

22 January 2018, 11:14

Here’s the heartwarming moment a policeman went to visit an elderly gentleman who had been burgled, and ended up comforting him by playing his favourite Chopin Nocturne.

On Thursday 18 January, two Nottinghamshire Police staff visited a 93-year-old man at his home in Mansfield. 

They were paying a routine visit to the man, after he was targeted by thieves a few months earlier.

During the visit, one officer saw there was a piano in the corner of his living room. The elderly man asked if he knew any Chopin – namely his Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2.

And by chance – it turned out this was the PCSO’s late grandma’s favourite Nocturne, too. So, he played it for him.

“It truly made me feel good about myself and the job I do,” the PCSO said on Facebook.

“He felt wanted and reassured. He was really pleased that we had checked in on him to see that he was ok. 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.

“I noticed he had a piano with music open – one of his favourite Chopin pieces he said, a nocturne. I told him it was my late grandma’s favourite too! I said I could play, so he invited me to play for him, which I did. It made his day, as you can see in the video you can see how much he appreciated it.”

“Job satisfaction.”