Kind Cop Shovels Snow For Businesses After Christmas Day Storm

Officer Ben Murtiff helped a local boutique after 10 inches of snow fell in the area.

A Maine police officer went above the call of duty when he lent a local business his snow shoveling services during a snowstorm.

Officer Ben Murtiff of the Augusta Police Department was photographed shoveling the sidewalk in front of a boutique Tuesday morning after a winter storm hit the area on Christmas Day.

Store owner Betsy Curtis, 31, said they got around 10 inches of snow.

"I came into work on Tuesday," she told "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, who has owned Betsy’s for the last three years, said she wanted to share the photos on Facebook to demonstrate the kindness of her local police department. 

“They’re constantly coming in and making sure our businesses are doing okay, and our streets are safe for us and really trying to lend a hand in any way they can help us,” Curtis said.

Sergeant Christian Behr of the Augusta Police Department said he was proud of his officer.

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