BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Santa Claus left the North Pole to make an early Christmas delivery, and he did not come in his sleigh.
Saint Nick rolled into a Brigham City neighborhood with the Utah Highway Patrol and the Blue Haven Foundation for families of fallen officers — flashing lights, sirens, and all.
The group surprised the family of late UHP Trooper Eric Ellsworth, who made the ultimate sacrifice last month.
“Their daddy loves them, and he is watching over them, and he will watch over them every day of their lives. I want to thank them for their sacrifice and willingness to be strong for their family,” Santa Claus said of Ellsworth’s three young sons.
The project was possible with the help of many police agencies across the country who pitched in and donated gifts.
Along with Santa came another law enforcement friend, who also lost his father in the line of duty as a boy. Ty Swackhammer of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office says he will answer tough questions and act as a mentor for the Ellsworth boys while they grow up.
Click here for more information on Nannette Wride’s mission to help families of fallen officers through the Blue Haven Foundation.