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'Cop on a Rooftop' officers work to raise money for Special Olympics

Posted at 3:34 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 16:34:29-04

MILWAUKEE — For eight years, police officers from all over the state have dedicated a day to spending some time on a roof. Their goal? To raise money for Special Olympics of Wisconsin — and the change from your midday cup of coffee or doughnut could really go a long way.

“We do it for multiple reasons. One is to not only give back to the community but also Special Olympics, all the athletes and their families,” said Thomas Struck, a Milwaukee Police officer.

This isn’t just happening at the Dunkin Donuts on Capitol Drive. From Beloit to Rhinelander and 53 doughnut shops in between, you might catch a cop on a rooftop Friday.

“I’ve got my chief on the roof up there, and he can’t come off the roof until we raise at least $2,000 today, so our goal is let’s get our community out here to support us,” said Tony Pine, a captain with the New Berlin Police Department.

“To me, it means that the Special Olympics are equally important as the regular Olympics." — Lamont Frazier

Lamont Frazier, who lives near the Dunkin Donuts on Capitol Drive near 76th, came out to support what he considers a dynamic cause.

“To me, it means that the Special Olympics are equally important as the regular Olympics," Frazier said.

Last year, across the state, officers raised more than $78,000. This year, their goal is to exceed that, and with the help of people including Frazier, hopefully they will.

Dunkin Donuts is also dedicated to donating. It will give $5,000 to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.