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Cops on Top (update) 08-31-06

PHONE: 961-2214
AUGUST 31, 2006


Lt. James O’Connor, Officer Robert Fujitake and Sgt. Darren Horio
Raising money for Special Olympics on the roof of Safeway in Hilo


Officers from the Hawaii Police Department climbed atop Safeway stores in both Hilo and Kona at 6 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 2006, to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The goal during the “2006 Cop on Top for Special Olympics” project is to stay up there around the clock until as late as 2 p.m. Saturday (September 2, 2006) while other officers and Special Olympics athletes collect donations at ground level.

Last year the two Big Island teams raised more than $35,000 for Special Olympics Hawaii. Police hope to exceed that this year.

This is the third year the Hawaii Police Department is sponsoring this event, which includes participation from law enforcement officers at the county, state and federal levels statewide.

“Cop on Top” is one of many activities that fall under the First Hawaiian Bank law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Special Olympics, modeled after the Olympic Games, provide a year-round program of training and competitive sports for physically or mentally challenged athletes.

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