Kelly Murphy with her 6-year-old grandson Ian and a bill they got from an Enfield officer

Dec 23, 2015 8:21 PM

A generous donor asks Enfield police to spread Christmas cheer - with $100 bills

ENFIELD - With blue flashing lights in the rearview mirror, several local residents have been forced to pull over for what they certainly thought was bad news.

But this Christmas season, officers are pulling drivers over to spread some Christmas cheer. How much Christmas cheer? $100 dollars worth.

Kelly Murphy was one of the lucky ones as she drove with her 6-year-old grandson. She tells the story on Facebook.

"THIS IS NO LIE: Ian and I left the store, drove past the Enfield police station and I got blue lighted. I thought he was pulling me over because Ian was in the front seat. The officer walked up to my window and said "Do you know why I pulled you over?" I said no. He then handed me a $100 bill and said he was spreading Christmas cheer. Thank you Enfield officer. It is one time I am happy to be stopped! !!!!"

Enfield officers say they've spent the last several days handing out $100 bills instead of tickets.

Chief Richard A. Crate Jr. says he was approached by an anonymous business person in town who provided the police with the funding to celebrate the season of giving. In total, the donation was for $5,000 in $100 bills to be given out within the community. The donor was moved to act after seeing something similar done in another state, Crate said.

So, if you are passing through Enfield - you may be greeted by an officer spreading the cheer," the chief says, reminding everyone to have a happy holiday and drive safely.

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