Forest Preserve District of Will County police officers Steve Kirsch and Darrell Mayle recently raised $1,000 for Special Olympics during a Tip-A-Cop event at Red Robin restaurant in Plainfield on Oct. 21.
The fundraiser was organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which has raised almost $43 million for Special Olympics in 31 years. The two officers also have participated in the organization’s Polar Plunge, Dunkin’ Donuts Cop on a Rooftop and Plane Pull, and they’ve run legs of the 1,500-mile Illinois Torch Run.
Kirsch, who joined the effort because his daughter, Rikki, is a Special Olympian, said the volunteer activities show how police officers are out working to benefit the community. “This lets people see another side of law enforcement,” he said. “We’re out there truly trying to help people.” Police officers who chip in their time also benefit from the fundraising events, Mayle added. “We’re trying to give back to the community, but I don’t know if it’s giving back because we get so much more out of it than we give.”