Rockford Police Team Up with Local Restaurant for Special Olympics Fundraising

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Police Department continues to help raise money for the Special Olympics by teaming up with a local business.

Police officers helped serve customers and bus tables at Red Robin on East State Street today. It's part of their fundraiser for Special Olympics. More than a dozen local officers helped out, as well as, law enforcement statewide in an effort to raise three million dollars for their 2012 campaign. And even though the officers say they have fun serving customers, they say the day is all about the athletes they're helping.

Lt. Patrick Hoey, Rockford Police, says, "There are so many success stories I've heard over the 25 years I've been doing this. How Special Olympics has really turned around a family, an athlete, someone with those special needs. Those intellectual disabilities without Special Olympics they would have not blossomed into the great person that they could become."

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will start planning their annual Polar Plunge event in the coming weeks, that takes place the first week of March.

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