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Elderly woman thanks WVC police, says officers who saw her struggling with snow gave ‘the best gift ever’

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 18:07:52-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The West Valley City Police Department recently shared a heartwarming story on social media after they said they received a letter from an elderly resident titled “THE BEST GIFT EVER.”

According to a Facebook post from the police department, the 80-year-old woman wrote the letter to thank some officers who came to her aid after a recent snowstorm.

The woman wrote that her husband is in a wheelchair and she is “not one to shirk my responsibilities”, so she was trying to shovel the snow and ice from her sidewalk.

According to the post, the letter stated: “The snow was wet and very heavy. It stuck to the shovel when I tried to empty it which made it twice as hard. I’m getting so that it’s hard to lift heavy things. I was tired after the first three shovels full.”

As she was realizing how heavy the snow was, the woman wrote that she saw two police vehicles pull up on her street. At first she wondered who was in trouble, but said the officers instead headed her way then “began shoveling snow and cleaning off my windshields on the pickup. When I tried to help, they said, ‘don’t you do anything, you go in the house, get warm and rest, we can do this.'”

After the officers were finished shoveling the driveway and sidewalk of the woman’s home, followed by those of her neighbors, the woman said the officers stopped by again to thank her.

According to the post, she wrote: “When they were through they came back and said, ‘Thank you.’ I said, ‘YOU are thanking US?’ One of them said, ‘It’s a good work out for us, we enjoyed it, so YES we are thanking YOU.'”

The woman reportedly ended the letter with: “It was the best Christmas gift anyone ever gave me in my whole entire life. I will remember it forever.”

The post from police states they don’t know which of their officers were the ones who helped the elderly woman, as “they aren’t quick to take any credit.” The post states they believe any of their officers would have done the same thing, and that they are grateful for the opportunity to serve residents in West Valley City.

See below for the full post from WVC PD.