ROMEOVILLE – Customers waiting in the drive-thru at the Independence Boulevard Dunkin' Donuts in Romeoville looked up and laughed with cops stationed on the rooftop of the coffee shop.
"Keep on smiling," Sgt. Rober Fetzer said to a man in the drive-thru, blasting through a loudspeaker.
Fetzer joined hundreds of law enforcement officials across the state as they raised money for Special Olympics Illinois.
Police departments partnered with 174 Dunkin' Donuts stores and Special Olympics Illinois to hold the "Cop On Rooftop" fundraising event Friday.
Special Olympics Illinois offers year-round training and competition in 19 sports for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Each customer making a donation to the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday received a free doughnut coupon and some friendly banter from law enforcement.
"It's kind of good to interact with citizens with light-hearted jokes," Romeoville Detective Tom Dorsey said. "It throws them off their game, makes them smile and poke fun at the cop-doughnut thing."
This was Romeoville's first time participating in the 12-year-old fundraiser. But Dorsey projected the event to raise much more than the $750 goal. Overall, police departments in Illinois are looking to raise more than last year's mark of $3.3 million.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run will see 23 torches passed through police departments on different legs all leading to Bloomington, which will host the state's Special Olympics from June 14 to 21.
The Will County leg of the torch run will start on June 10 at the Bolingbrook Police Department. Bolingbrook police will hand a Special Olympic torch off to Romeoville. The torch will then go through Crest Hill, Lockport, Joliet and then down to Bloomington.
"It's one of those things where we're giving back," said Debbie Schenk, leg leader for the torch run and patrol officer for the Lockport Police Department. "The Special Olympics is near and dear to our hearts."
Dunkin' Donuts, which has been partnering with police departments for the event the past 12 years, contributed $15,000 to the torch run this year.