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Tilton police officer recognized for service during McDonald's fundraiser



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Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier looks on as Officer Elizabeth Murray of TPD received a Community Policing Award from McDonald's District Manager Larry Johnstone last week. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
October 10, 2018
TILTON ¬– On Oct. 3, McDonald's Restaurants hosted a statewide fundraiser at 54 of their locations across the state to benefit the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Association as they also paid tribute to law enforcement officers who go above and beyond in serving their communities.

New Hampshire McDonald's Owner/Operator Peter Napoli said, "As business owners, we see the positive impact the police have on our communities and residents, protecting us day in and day out, and we're proud to raise funds so they can operate at their highest level."

At the McDonald's in Tilton last Wednesday afternoon, a portion of all sales from 4-7 p.m. benefitted NHCOP, while outside on the patio people gathered to thank Officer Elizabeth Murray of the Tilton Police Department for her outstanding service.

Chief Robert Cormier said he nominated Murray for a Community Policing Award for several reasons.

"She came to us (in 2015) full of energy to be a great officer and a big part of the community. Since that time she's taken part in the Winni Dip fundraising for Special Olympics and got the attention of the people at Special Olympics New Hampshire when she exceeded the amount to be raised," said Cormier.

He went on to say Murray has also been a key factor in this year's Movies in the Park, Coffee with a Cop, the Law Enforcement Against Drugs program for local school children, Operation Safety Cone as well as events for the Make a Wish Foundation and more.

"I think it's important to recognize officers who are not only out doing their daily duties as law enforcement but making the community a better place, too," Cormier said. "Liz is the kind of person who would step up to help anyone in need. She's a superstar and we knew that when we hired her!"

Murray said she was not only humbled by the recognition but a bit surprised, too.

"I didn't do any of this to get an award. I signed up for them because it's all something I enjoy doing," she commented.

McDonald's District Manager Larry Johnston said their last NHCOPA fundraiser held raised $52,000 for the organization and anticipated to either meet or exceed that amount this year.

Murray was grateful for the distinction and said she hopes to see many families this Friday, Oct. 12, on the lawn at Riverfront Park when the Movies in the Park series will wrap up for 2018 with a showing of "Coco." The movie is free and there will also be free face painting and a piñata filled with candy for boys and girls to enjoy. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

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