‘Cops on Rooftops’ set for Friday in Elkton
— Law enforcement officers in this county will take the term “high police presence” to another level again this Friday, when they sit on the roof of the Chick- filA in Elkton throughout the business day to raise money for Maryland Special Olympics, according to Maryland State Police Cpl. Michael Cox, one of the planners.
New this year, the ChickFil-A also will host a Spirit Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Cox said. The fast food restaurant will donate a percentage of its proceeds during that time period to the cause, he added.
The event set for Friday is known as Cops on Rooftops, which is one of two law enforcement fundraisers for Special Olympics. The other is the Special Olympics Torch Run, which has been an annual fundraising event in Cecil County since 1986.
As is the custom, off-duty troopers, officers and deputies from police agencies in Cecil County will sit on lawn chairs on the ChickFil-A rooftop for varied lengths of time, depending on what their schedules will allow.
“We have some who will sit for four hours,” said Cox, who plans to be there all day and believes that Cecil County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Michael Kalinsky, another organizer, will spend a great deal of time there, too.
While the law enforcement officers are perched on the roof, donation buckets will be on display at several spots inside and outside the Chickfil-A, and patrons can make contributions, Cox explained.
Last year, he noted, customers gave so generously that the event raised approximately $1,300 for Special Olympics.
“In other counties, I know they raise up to $5,000. So I would hope that we can raise up to $2,000 this year,” Cox said, adding that he, obviously, would be pleased if the money raised during Friday’s event surpasses his conservative hope.