Cops hit the roof for Special Olympics

 
 
  • Rudy Geilim of Schaumburg, whose son, Max, is a Special Olympian, approves of his free doughnut, as Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clint Herdegen waves from the roof of the Dunkin Donuts at Barrington and Golf Roads in Hoffman Estates.

    Rudy Geilim of Schaumburg, whose son, Max, is a Special Olympian, approves of his free doughnut, as Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clint Herdegen waves from the roof of the Dunkin Donuts at Barrington and Golf Roads in Hoffman Estates. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Rudy Geilim of Schaumburg, whose son Max is a Special Olympian, takes a bite out of his doughnut as Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clint Herdegen waves from the roof of the Dunkin Donuts at Barrington and Golf Roads in Hoffman Estates.

    Rudy Geilim of Schaumburg, whose son Max is a Special Olympian, takes a bite out of his doughnut as Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clint Herdegen waves from the roof of the Dunkin Donuts at Barrington and Golf Roads in Hoffman Estates. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clint Herdegen waves from the roof of the Dunkin Donuts at Barrington and Golf Roads in Hoffman Estates. Patrons who donate get free doughnuts and coffee to benefit the Special Olympics.

    Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clint Herdegen waves from the roof of the Dunkin Donuts at Barrington and Golf Roads in Hoffman Estates. Patrons who donate get free doughnuts and coffee to benefit the Special Olympics. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Published: 5/21/2010 11:15 AM | Updated: 5/21/2010 1:34 PM

Police officers and Dunkin' Donuts locations around the state Friday made light of the "cops and doughnuts" stereotype with their eighth annual "Cop on a Rooftop", a fundraiser for the Illinois Special Olympics.

The event involves police officers standing on store rooftops while others below collect donations. Anyone making a donation received a doughnut in return

The fundraiser, which supports the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, raised $182,000 last year at 97 Dunkin' Donuts locations. Illinois Torch Run director and Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena expects to raise almost $200,000 this year, with a record 120 stores taking part.

Hoffman Estates police were participating in the event for the second year. Last year, they raised $9,300, according to Officer Deb White.

"I fell in love with the Special Olympics as a volunteer and haven't stopped 24 years later," said White, who coordinates Special Olympics fundraisers for the department.

Officers waved from rooftops while taking took one- to two-hour shifts, braving gloomy weather from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Even Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clint Herdegen served his time on the rooftop.

"It's a great cause, what's a little rain," Officer Al Fernandez shouted from his perch atop the Dunkin' Donuts at 1156 Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates.

Dunkin' Donuts will donate $10,000 to the Torch Run. The Torch Run, first held in 1986, sees more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles through Illinois streets while delivering the Special Olympics torch to the State Summer Games in Normal. It is the largest Special Olympics Illinois fundraising event.