GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Hundreds of law enforcement officers will be going to new heights, bringing awareness to a special cause.
The ‘Cop On A Rooftop’ returns for its eighth year, with police officers across the state rising to the occasion in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Since 2012, the event has raised more than $290,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
“You can’t beat it,” says Lt. Steve Mahoney with Green Bay Police. “We embrace it. Everyone when they see a cop they always ask about, ‘Hey, do you want a donut?’ or ‘Did you just eat a donut?'”
About 56 Dunkin’ locations will be hosting local law enforcement atop their rooftops. In return for the police officers “doing time” at their restaurants, Dunkin’ will donate $5,000 to the Law Enforcement Torch Run. In addition, each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation will receive a Free Donut coupon.
“These Olympians, they just amaze me,” says Mahoney. “When they see us they come up, they high-five us, they hug us and treat us like we’ve been their best friend for life. For us to be able to help them out, it’s something that all of us here really do enjoy and cherish.”
The event goes hand-in-hand with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. Since it began in 1986, the Torch Run has raised more than $31.5 million for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
“It makes my heart so happy just to see that people want to help support our athletes,” said Hannah Roehrig, Special Olympics Wisconsin. “We have over 10,000 athletes here and just any donation will help them be able to do the sports that they love and compete like any other person.”
And for those making their morning coffee run, having the opportunity to donate to a special cause makes it that much sweeter.
“Just seeing them interact with the athletes, it’s just something really special,” says Roehrig. “I just have no words to explain how awesome it is to see our community coming together for things like this.”
Dunkin’ will also be selling a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Wisconsin’s colors. The donut, called “The Champion,” will be available while supplies last at Dunkin’ locations in Wisconsin.