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Joliet police join Cop on a Rooftop

Cops could be seen on Dunkin' Donuts roofs across the state

Joliet police officers (from left) Peter Van Gessel, Olin Torkelson and Bob Klancher collect money for Special Olympics while Sgt. Larry Collins serves as the Cop on a Rooftop on Friday morning at the Dunkin' Donuts at 20 S. Larkin Ave.
Joliet police officers (from left) Peter Van Gessel, Olin Torkelson and Bob Klancher collect money for Special Olympics while Sgt. Larry Collins serves as the Cop on a Rooftop on Friday morning at the Dunkin' Donuts at 20 S. Larkin Ave.

Police in Joliet and throughout the area joined the Cop on a Rooftop campaign Friday morning at Dunkin' Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics.

"There's been a good turnout here," said Police Chief Brian Benton, who was at the Dunkin' Donuts at 20 S. Larkin Ave.

Joliet police raised just under $4,000 from Cop on a Rooftop a year ago and hoped to top that number.

Several officers were there late in the morning.

Sgt. Larry Collins was on the roof of the Dunkin' Donuts on Larkin with a microphone, encouraging donations for the cause and engaging in banter with people below, commending motorists at times for wearing their seat belts.

Benton said the cause is important to police, noting several Joliet officers have children who participate in Special Olympics.

"All the funds donated go to the athletic programs," he said. "We have several officers who have children who benefit directly from the services."

Police officers throughout Illinois were on Dunkin' Donuts rooftops starting at 5 a.m. Friday morning, according to a news release from Special Olympics Illinois.

The event raised $700,000 last year with donations going to the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Dunkin' Donuts donated $15,000 to the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, according to the news release.

The fundraiser was conducted at four other Dunkin' Donuts in Joliet as well as those in Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lemont, Lockport, Minooka, Mokena, Morris, New Lenox, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.

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