Suburban police officers hit doughnut shops for annual Special Olympics fundraiser

  • Elgin Police officers, from left, Cameron Jackson, Hector Gutierrez and Craig Tucker perch themselves on the rooftop of an emergency services vehicle Friday as they try to pull traffic in for their Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser for Special Olympics at the Dunkin' on Route 20 and Nessler Road in Elgin.

      Elgin Police officers, from left, Cameron Jackson, Hector Gutierrez and Craig Tucker perch themselves on the rooftop of an emergency services vehicle Friday as they try to pull traffic in for their Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser for Special Olympics at the Dunkin' on Route 20 and Nessler Road in Elgin. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin Police officer John Taylor collects a donation in front of the Dunkin' at Clock Tower Plaza during the Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser for Special Olympics Friday in Elgin.

      Elgin Police officer John Taylor collects a donation in front of the Dunkin' at Clock Tower Plaza during the Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser for Special Olympics Friday in Elgin. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Northbrook police Sgt. John Salmi and officer Patty Kappos take to the roof Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts at 2775 Dundee Road in Northbrook.

      Northbrook police Sgt. John Salmi and officer Patty Kappos take to the roof Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts at 2775 Dundee Road in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Detective James Cromley, left, and Sgt. Carly Gaba sit on the edge of the roof Friday as the Glenview Police Department participates in the statewide "Cop on a Rooftop" event at the Dunkin' Donuts at 1750 Milwaukee Ave. in Glenview.

      Detective James Cromley, left, and Sgt. Carly Gaba sit on the edge of the roof Friday as the Glenview Police Department participates in the statewide "Cop on a Rooftop" event at the Dunkin' Donuts at 1750 Milwaukee Ave. in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Deerfield police Communications Officer Desirae Kuceva accepts a donation for a T-shirt from Alix Levine of Palatine, right, and Jennifer Sklena of Hoffman Estates on Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts at 499 Lake-Cook Road in Deerfield.

      Deerfield police Communications Officer Desirae Kuceva accepts a donation for a T-shirt from Alix Levine of Palatine, right, and Jennifer Sklena of Hoffman Estates on Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts at 499 Lake-Cook Road in Deerfield. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 8/19/2022 7:07 PM

Suburban police were out in force for a good cause Friday morning for the 20th annual Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser at area Dunkin' locations.

The event benefits Special Olympics through the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, which sees about 3,000 officers carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles.

 

They run through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 legs to the flame's final destination at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in Normal. Nearly $870,000 was raised across 283 locations statewide in 2021.

Officers were outside more than 300 Illinois Dunkin' locations from 5 a.m. to noon, handing out coupons for free doughnuts in exchange for donations. People who donated $10 or more received a travel mug and free hot coffee.

Elgin officers took to the rooftops of vehicles outside two locations for the first time this year, manning the Dunkin' at Clock Tower Plaza and on Route 20 and Nessler Road.

Officer Josh Miller, one of the organizers of Elgin Police Department's effort, said they were hoping to double the $4,000 raised last year.

Miller said he and three other Elgin officers attended the last Summer Games at Illinois State University.

"It's incredible," he said. "They live for the competition down at ISU, so it's so great getting to see their faces. They're so excited."

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