The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 24, 2014

Cops on Top: Raising funds for Special Olympics

By Lora Scripps

— The Athens Police Department and Limestone County Sheriff’s Department will test their fear of heights Friday and Saturday for Alabama Special Olympics.

Officers will be at Wal-Mart in Athens from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday to ride a scissor lift high in the sky encouraging shoppers and passersby to donate to Cops on Top.

The event is considered one of the bigger fundraisers for Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and involves multiple police and sheriff’s departments throughout the state.

“I think it’s a great fundraiser,” Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said. “It goes to a great cause and we appreciate everybody’s help.  This is one of the top benefits we do during the year. It’s really special to see the kids faces that we are able to help with this event.”

Proceeds will help Special Olympic athletes from Alabama with transportation to state games, equipment and more.

Athens Police and the Sheriff’s Department raised $10,000 last year.

In addition, APD is selling Torch Run T-shirts for $10. They have sizes small to 3XL.

To find out more, call 256-233-8700.

Torch Run

The Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will come through Athens May 15 for the first time. Residents are being encouraged to wear Torch Run T-shirts to show their support. 

“We look forward to the runners visiting Athens and are grateful to be a part of a great organization,” Johnson said.