‘She’s a heckuva cook:' Rockwood police clerk does a sweet turn for N.J. officers

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By Damon Lawrence

Thomas Boyd, the police chief in Seaside Heights, N.J., has never met Kathy Griffin in person, but he knows something about her.   

“She’s a heckuva cook,” he said.

Seaside Heights was one of the towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Griffin, a Rockwood Police Department records clerk, said she saw Boyd and some of his officers on TV during a benefit concert held for the victims last year.  

“I think the announcer said just keep them all in your thoughts, so I couldn’t get that out of my mind,” she said.

Griffin said she wanted to do something nice for Boyd and his officers, so she wrote up a little note, made some chocolate and peanut butter fudge and sent it off to the Seaside Heights Police Department.   

“I just wanted to let them know that somebody was thinking about them,” she said. “That’s all it was.”

Griffin said she sent the package before Christmas, but for some reason it didn’t arrive until early January.

Boyd said they were having a meeting with the state police and National Guard when the package arrived.  

“I opened it up, and there was a big thing of fudge,” he said. “She must have fed 40 guys.”

Boyd, who has been credited with saving several lives during the storm, said they let Griffin know how much they appreciated her act of kindness.

“It’s nice to see somebody do something like that,” he said. “She didn’t have to do that, so we made sure we called her and told her we appreciated it and to thank her for thinking about us.”

Seaside Heights is a small town like Rockwood, so Griffin said she felt a connection.  

“I didn’t do it for any recognition or anything,” she said. “I just wanted to do it. It was just something I felt good about doing.”