Austin police officer shares dance with 92-year-old woman, video goes viral
AUSTIN — A viral video of an Austin police officer busting a move with a community member danced into people's hearts last week. Sgt. Kim Lenz was on patrol when she spotted Millie Siever, 92, of Austin, dancing alone in a parking lot.
AUSTIN — A viral video of an Austin police officer busting a move with a community member danced into people's hearts last week.
Sgt. Kim Lenz was on patrol when she spotted Millie Seiver, 92, of Austin, dancing alone in a parking lot.
"She had a Walkman and was listening to 99.9," Lenz said. "I asked her what she was doing, and that happened to be the song on the radio."
Granted, Lenz — who had been serving the Austin Police Department since 2007 — had seen Seiver around town a couple times dancing. It was this time however, that she wanted to jump in on the fun. So, Lenz rolled down the windows and turned up the volume. For the next couple minutes, the unlikely dance partners twirled and laughed.
Once the song ended, the two shared a warm hug, and parted ways with one another. Lenz's actions were captured on the dash cam in her squad car, which was then shared with the rest of the police department. Eventually, the short clip was posted onto the department's Facebook page.
The small act of kindness was shared on national news and garnered wide attention, much to Lenz's surprise and amusement.
"This has been very overwhelming," Lenz admitted. "Well, this wasn't really a big deal at the time when I did it. Then, it had taken off. It was such a small gesture, but it meant so much to other people, I guess."
The small gesture did matter to Seiver's granddaughter Tammie Maus-Sutphen, of Neenah, Wis., formerly of Spring Valley. She discovered the video when her sister shared the footage on Facebook, and grew nostalgic from the sight of her happy grandmother.
"When I saw it, I said that I could almost see her dancing with my grandpa," Maus-Sutphen said. "They loved to dance and did a lot of dancing in their time. One time my grandma was getting ready for a walk and she just started dancing in her apartment."
Maus-Sutphen explained that her grandmother goes for daily walks while listening to music. Sometimes, Seiver would dance a little a fun way to get some more exercise. This comes as no surprise to her granddaughter, but what touched her was the simple gesture Lenz made.
"It was nice to see an officer get out of her car and spend some time with some random stranger on the street," she said. "My grandma said Sgt. Lenz has stopped by to visit a few times and she loves it. She and Sgt. Lenz are friends and Grandma hopes to spend a little time with her now and again."
Although Seiver declined an interview, Maus-Sutphen shared that her grandmother believed Lenz deserved more credit for the video and for making so many people "smile."
Lenz did note that she has come to visit Seiver a couple times since the video was shared widely on social media. "I made a new friend," she shared. "I tracked her down to where she was living and went to go visit her. She's just a great person."
Yet, this moment immortalized in a video, left a long lasting mark on those who were looking to find something to brighten their day.
"Thank you so much for stopping and dancing with my grandma," said Maus-Sutphen addressing Lenz. "She really enjoyed it and is happy to have you as a new friend in her life. I don't think we can have too many friends in our lives, and am glad my grandma has (Lenz) now."