First responders to stand tall for Special Olympics

Local officers to participate in Cop on a Rooftop

Anyone in the area of Dunkin’ Donuts Friday is sure to notice something out of the ordinary: area law enforcement officers standing on the roof of the building.

But there’s a reason for that. They’re helping to raise money for Special Olympics of Iowa.

This is the third year for Cop on a Rooftop, a statewide initiative that places officers on the roofs of Dunkin’ Donuts stores and asks for donations to support Special Olympics.

Participating departments include the Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa State Patrol and correctional officers with the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.

The Fort Dodge Fire Department will also be present.

Jeremey Moore, records and support technician for the Fort Dodge Police Department, said the Webster County officers have been very successful with raising money since 2016 when the event started.

“In 2017, we raised $3,044,” he said. “That was the most of all locations in Iowa. The next closest was Marshalltown, and they raised just over $2,000.”

And in 2016, Moore said the Webster County officers raised $2,600, which was also the most money raised in Iowa.

“We’re hoping to do the same thing again this year,” he said.

Officers from across Webster County will be at Dunkin’ Donuts, 2520 Fifth Ave. S., from 6 to 11 a.m.

“Some will be up on the roof, some will be collecting donations in the drive-through, and some will be at the door inside the store collecting donations,” Moore said.

Anyone who donates will also receive a coupon for a free coffee drink.

All the money raised will go toward supporting Special Olympics of Iowa, which is an organization that area law enforcement agencies have supported for years.

“It’s fun to support these athletes,” Moore said. “It’s an important organization to empower these individuals and it’s something we believe in. We’re happy to help in any way we can.”