Armed with holiday spirit – Guntersville Police hand out hams to families across the city

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Tuesday morning Guntersville Police officers patrolled the streets and talked with residents, but nothing was under investigation and no one was under arrest; it was a call response that fits the holiday.

Tuesday morning, Guntersville Police officers left the department and hit the streets armed to the teeth. They were in uniform, but they carried crinkly plastic bags. Truckloads of them, in fact.

They made their way up sidewalks and headed to homes, armed with a whole lot of ham. “We’re going out into the community and handing out hams to families that are in need in Christmas so they can have a good Christmas dinner,” Captain John East says.

The officers are heading door to door, showing some holiday spirit, braving dogs ready to greet them at the threshold, and helping the community as usual.

This time though, it’s different. “It’s a good opportunity for the police to get out in the community in a different capacity, to have the opportunity to interact with the community,” East says.

Bags and holiday wishes are exchanged up and down roads across the city, in an example of what the Christmas season is all about.

The Davis Lee Companies supplied the hams. Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar was also helped the department in handing out the bags across the city.

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