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Cops head to rooftops to support Special Olympics

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 9:10 p.m. CDT
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Dunkin' Donuts customer Mary Photakis donates to the Special Olympics as part of the Cop on the Rooftop fundraiser held Friday morning at Morris and Minooka locations.

MORRIS – Hot weather and sunshine didn’t keep Minooka and Morris police officers from taking to Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops Friday morning.

The officers were collecting donations for Special Olympics, raising awareness for the upcoming Law Enforcement Torch Run and handing out Dunkin’ Donuts gifts to customers who donated.

“We may have burnt our foreheads but it was a great turnout this year,” Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer said. “It went really well.”

Minooka police raised $3,705, and Morris police raised $2,140 during the combined nine hours they were collecting Friday.

The amount was a new best for the Morris location, which began participating in the statewide fundraiser three years ago. Within the first three hours, Morris police had depleted their supply of travel mugs, which were handed out to those making donations of $10 or more.

“The Morris community is very thoughtful, caring and generous,” Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said.

Special Olympics supporter Ninfa Gonzales made the trip Friday morning from Mazon to Morris to see Morris police officers stationed on the rooftop of Dunkin’ Donuts.

“My granddaughter is in the Special Olympics this year. We like to support this,” Gonzales said.

A few local Olympians visited the officers while they were volunteering in Minooka.

“It was really neat for everyone to get to meet them,” Meyer said.

Minooka and Morris police are set to participate in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement torch run in June.

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