Policeman brightened dark Christmas Eve

To the editor:

Coming home Christmas Eve through Clarksburg, as I have done for the past 37 years. I was greatly distressed to see blue flashing lights behind me. I had my family with me, and with all that is going on in the world today I felt some of the apprehension that appears to be so prevalent in the news today.

It was dark, after 10 p.m., and I know from experience I was not speeding or doing anything that would warrant me being pulled over. The officer approached the car to find me with license and registration in hand. He told me to sit tight and asked me where I was heading, to which I replied, "Home, just up the road."

He came back and told me I had a plate light out that needed fixing, and told me to have a good night. I was relieved, and as I handed my wife the registration and insurance to put back in the glove compartment, a small card fell out with a $25 gift certificate, catching me by surprise. It was one of the nicest gifts I could have received.

I want to thank that officer in Clarksburg who was so kind on Christmas Eve for making that gesture. And I want to thank all the police who are constantly ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, allowing our world to be a safer place each and every day.

David Saldo, Stamford Vt.