Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office, Other Law Enforcement Pass Out Easter Hams Instead of Tickets

When you get pulled over, you usually expect a ticket, but drivers in Roscommon County Tuesday got a nice surprise, an Easter ham instead of a speeding ticket.

Img 7926“We were contacted a couple months ago by the congregational church here in Roscommon. The pastor over there contacted us. He likes the turkey program that we’ve done for many years now at Christmas time were we hand out turkeys instead of tickets and they wanted to do something for Easter,” said Roscommon County Undersheriff Ben Lowe. “The church runs a food pantry there, and they had donation of funds that they wanted to give to us to purchase hams to be handed out at Easter time.”

Just like the Turkeys Instead of Tickets campaign, law enforcement officials from local and state divisions handed out hams via traffic stop, or through a nomination from the community.

“We reached out to some of the social organizations that we partner with often on projects, and took some nominations for people that they thought might like a ham for Eastertime,” said Undersheriff Lowe. “We’ll be delivering those to houses.”

Roscommon County Deputy Bill Rude has been on the force for five years. He said he thinks people will be more surprised this year, because this is the first year they’ve handed out hams at Easter.

“Everybody’s different, some people cry, some people are overjoyed,” he said. “They’re always very grateful.”

One woman, Laura Piaskowski, couldn’t believe she got a ham instead of a ticket when she was pulled over.

“This is my husband’s truck, so I’m used to driving the minivan, and I didn’t realize how fast I was going,” she said. “I thought I was going to get a ticket, but I got a ham! It was very, very kind.”

Undersheriff Lowe said this is a way to give back to the community.

“It’s just a good way to interact with people in the community, see them in a positive way, they see us in a positive way,” said Undersheriff Lowe. “It’s good for the community as a whole when you have people in the community that are reaching out trying to help other people out on the holidays, it’s just a really, really good thing for people to see.”

Deputy Rude said this is one of the best parts of the job.

“It means a lot,” he said. “I enjoy doing this kind of stuff, making people feel good.”