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98-year-old woman thanks officer for cutting branches

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (WKRN) - A day after a Lawrenceburg police officer stopped to help an elderly woman who was outside cutting branches in the heat Thursday, the 98-year-old woman is praising the officer.  

Lt. Blake Grooms was on his way to a drug investigation Thursday afternoon when he saw Suzie Davis in her front yard clearing the branches.  

"I'm driving by Ms. Davis' home [and] noticed her out here – long pants, long sleeves and hedge trimmers," Grooms said. "She looked like she was sweating, and I stopped and asked if she was ok."  

Davis told the officer she was cutting back branches to keep motorists safe.  

"I thought I could do it," she told News 2.  

Just like that, the drug investigation is on hold.  

"I told her, 'Ma'am, I'm going to take care of the limbs. Let's go in the house, and she says, 'No, honey, if you are doing the limbs, I'm going to stand here with you," Grooms said.  

Davis said she was grateful for the help.  

"I thought it was wonderful," she said. "It was really nice of him to do that. It's a lot of work. I just sat on the porch and watched him work."  

Grooms told News 2 there's "more to community policing than watching drug houses and putting people in jail in my estimation community policing is giving help where it is needed."  

Police Chief Terry Beecham said he is proud of his young officer.  

"That makes me very proud of all of our guys and gals. That's not something you teach at the police academy," he said.  

When the road department heard about what was going on, they went out Friday morning and trimmed back the rest of the branches.  

"Everyone is good to me," Davis told News 2.  


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