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Officer Rick Plath of the Oakdale Police Department was on unique assignment on Saturday, Dec. 15. With city council member Cherilyn Bairos, far left, doing a ride along, the officer surprised some motorists by dispensing gifts to their kids after pulling them over. Here, after a stop on East A Street, mom and dad Nicolle and Zoltan Palffy share a smile with the city officials after daughters Julia Tavera, 17, and Finn Palffy, 10, were the gift recipients. Items for the gift giving were donated by a couple of local residents, said Bairos.