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Nate Jackson / December 21, 2015

Sheriff’s Department Spreads Christmas Cheer

“Do you know why I’ve pulled you over today?”

The Monroe County, Georgia, sheriff’s department made some unusual traffic stops over the weekend. Thanks to a generous benefactor, deputies were given 54 $100 bills to distribute at random to motorists. “Today, we’d like to spread a little joy in the community, so we’d like to give you this,” said one deputy as he handed $100 to a man he had just pulled over. Most were quite thankful, though “I had one cuss me out,” Deputy John Thompson said. “I didn’t give her any money, but I had three cry.” In a year when law enforcement has taken the brunt of a lot of public criticism, it’s refreshing to see a little bit of good news for this sheriff’s department and the community they serve. “They don’t always have the opportunity to see us doing good, helping people that need help,” said Deputy Timothy Campfield. “It makes me feel good that I have the opportunity to see them smile and know that I possibly helped that family through an anonymous donor.” And Sheriff John Cary Buttock added, “This also is a good way for us at the sheriff’s office to tell the entire Middle Georgia community, ‘Merry Christmas.’”

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