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Cincinnati Officer Gives Her Own GPS To Lost Elderly Driver

January 10, 2017

Shirley McKeown, 71, was hopelessly lost. She had planned her trip from Lynn, Indiana to Venus, Florida using maps and highlighters and hadn’t considered that she might get lost.

But that’s exactly what happened. When she noticed Cincinnati’s Officer Virginia Villing’s squad car on Queen City Avenue, Shirley pulled up to the officer and asked for directions.

The officer recognized right away that the required directions were a bit confusing, and worried that the elderly woman wouldn’t make it to Florida. Shirley was on her way to visit her daughter for the holidays.

“So I grabbed my GPS and I said ‘Shirley, Christmas is going to come a little early for ya.’ I showed her how to use this (GPS) and I sent her on her way,” said Officer Villing.

Shirley made it to her daughter’s home, on time and safe. She made sure to send Officer Villing the GPS and a thank-you note.

“You have a great police department down there,” said Shirley.


Officer Villing holds the handwritten note from Shirley