A police officer comforted a Florida family after a medical emergency by playing songs on their piano he taught himself.
Officer Hernandez of Pembroke Pines played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” to the family of an elderly man who suffered a fall in his home.
“It seemed like everyone was overwhelmed about the situation,” Hernandez told InsideEdition.com. “To cheer them up, I thought to play some music for them would be nice.”
Hernandez explained he has been playing the piano since he was 6 years old. He taught himself, after he found he didn’t do well taking piano lessons since he couldn’t read music. Instead, he would listen to his favorite songs on the radio and figure out how to play them by ear.
He was patrolling the neighborhood when he heard a call over the radio, from a family who dialed 911 and accidentally hung up.
Hernandez went to check it out and saw an elderly man who was sick lying on the floor after falling.
“The man’s wife, she was very elderly too, she was stressed out about it and the daughter was stressed out, and [the family’s] aide was stressed out,” Hernandez said. “Everybody was sort of in a panic, not really knowing if he was injured or not from the fall.”
He saw a piano in the living room, and when the aide said she wasn’t comfortable playing, he took over the keys himself.
Firefighters who came to assist on the medical call eventually joined in and began singing, and eventually, the aide started harmonizing on the higher keys.
“The mood changed from kind of gloomy to something a bit more happy,” Hernandez recalled. “Turned out he was OK from the fall.”