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Carbon Co. police chief donates own pay raise to secretary

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Apr 26th, 2013 @ 2:32pm

PRICE — When a Carbon County police chief was offered a raise recently, he decided to pass it along to his receptionist instead.

East Carbon police chief Sam Leonard was offered a 50-cent hourly raise for his Crisis Intervention Team certification, but on Tuesday asked the city council to give the increase to his receptionist, Bessie Powell, instead.

"I would like Bessie to get the money because she's under-appreciated," he said, according to the Sun Advocate. "She does a lot for me."

The council unanimously approved the proposal.

"I agree with Sam and I also have Bessie do quite a bit for me as a city councilperson," said Council Member David Maggio. "I appreciate your sentiment and I agree wholeheartedly that what you're doing is a good thing."

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Powell has not had a pay raise since a wage freeze went into effect for office employees in 2011.

This wasn't the only act of kindness by a police officer to make the news in recent days. A California police officer got attention earlier this week after learning of a little girl whose bike had been stolen. Officer Michael Kohr bought Bella Sanchez a new princess bike, according to Yahoo, and a Facebook post by her mother soon went viral.

Another officer, John Bradley of the Brookline Police Department, was identified in a photo snapped while he delivered milk to a Watertown family during the lockdown that was ordered as authorities searched for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The officer had been told of a 17-month-old who needed milk and responded within the hour.

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