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Berwyn cops are 'plane' crazy for Special Olynmpics

BERWYN – Berwyn officials are investigating allegations that several police officers are more powerful than locomotives and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

About 20 officers really pulled their weight to raise funds for Special Olympics by tugging a 99-ton UPS Airbus 12 feet in 11.5 seconds at O'Hare International Airport Sept. 21.

The Berwyn police team joined 65 other corporate and public safety teams from the Chicago area in a tug-of-war competition to raise money for Special Olympics.

The Berwyn team finished seventh out of 66 teams in terms of funds raised, bringing in $4.500 out of more than $135,000 raised in the event, Berwyn Police Chief Jim Ritz said.

"Everybody had a great time," Ritz said. "We didn't know what to expect. But the team did a great job, jumping in there for the first time."

This year, the Berwyn Police Department has raise more than $16,000 for Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run by participating in the Tip-a-Cop and Cop-on-the-Roof fundraisers, along with the Airplane Pull Competition

Special Olympics Illinois is a nonprofit organization that offers to year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 21,000 special athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 11,000 young athletes ages 2 to 7, all at no cost.

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