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Cop Shovels Sidewalk After Christmas to Help Business Owner

Cop Shovels Sidewalk After Christmas to Help Business Owner

(Augusta Police Department via Facebook)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2018 08:55 AM

A cop shoveling a sidewalk for a business owner over the Christmas holidays in Augusta, Maine, caught the attention of some on social media last week.

Betsy Curtis, 31, woke up facing about 10 inches of snow in front of her business the day after Christmas, "Inside Edition" reported.

"I saw the pile of snow out front, and I hate shoveling," Curtis, who owns Betsy's Home Decor, Home Furniture, Formalwear in Augusta, told WGME-TV. "I'm not a great shoveler."

As Curtis struggled to clear her sidewalk, Augusta Police officer Ben Murtiff stopped and helped, the television station said.

"I was just going to a call, just your basic follow up," Murtiff said.

Curtis told "Inside Edition" that she had prepared to endure the snow shoveling duties if it wasn't for Murtiff.

"I came into work on Tuesday," she told "Inside Edition." "I literally take two shovels and all of a sudden a police officer shows up […] and he’s like, 'Hey, give me the shovel. I'm going to shovel for you.'"

Curtis said it only took a couple of minutes for Murtiff to clear a path to her business and she took photos for social media, WGME-TV wrote.

"They truly do amazing things all the time and it deserves to get recognized," Curtis told the television station.

Augusta Police Sgt. Christian Behr told "Inside Edition" he had no problem with Murtiff helping out and in fact he was proud of the officer's actions.

"Mostly it's gratifying when our folks will just be able to help out where needed," Behr told "Inside Edition." "[Officer Murtiff] did not ask for any recognition at all and was only trying to be helpful after the huge Christmas Day snowstorm."

The Christmas Day snowstorm dumped heavy snow throughout Maine, including 15 inches in Greenbush, 14.5 inches in Auburn, 14.2 inches in Long Pond, 13.7 inches in South Amity, and 13.5 inches in Bangor, according to the Weather Underground.

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