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Canton Officer David Rodriguez Going ‘Over the Edge’ for Special Olympics

August 24, 2014 Nonprofits, Police No Comments
Officer David Rodriguez participates in "Cop on Top" for Special Olympics.

Officer David Rodriguez participates in “Cop on Top” for Special Olympics.

Since coming to the Canton Police Department a couple years ago, Officer David Rodriguez has taken on several efforts for Special Olympics.

He’s actively solicited sponsors for the Special Olympics Torch Run, helped organize local fundraisers and participated in “Cop on Top” events to raise funds and awareness.

Late last year, he was even honored with a “rookie of the year,” award for helping to bring in more than $5,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut.

“I went with it,” said Rodriguez, who also raised funds for Special Olympics while an officer in Southbury. “I have a family member with a disability so it’s kind of close to home.”

This year’s fundraising has also been a success. Local  businesses contributed more than $5,000 through the adopt of mile sponsorships for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run that preceded the Connecticut Summer Games in early June. Last week, the department combined with Special Olympics for another fundraiser at Flatbread and on Saturday Rodriguez spent some time in a bucket truck and on the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department’s Ladder truck for “Cop on Top” event in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley’s parking lot.

And Rodriguez isn’t done. On Sept. 5, he will be one of 86 people who will rappel down Mohegan Sun Casino to raise funds for the Special Olympics Connecticut. He needs to raise $1,000 to participate and has a goal of $2,000 for the “Over the Edge” event.

Sharon Pelkey, director of Special events for Special Olympics Connecticut, nominated Rodriguez. The officer said with military and police training, he’s not nervous about rappelling. Pelkey said it will be a challenge for her but a good reminder that the athletes overcome obstacles on daily basis.

“I did it to give back,” she said. “Our athletes face challenges every day. ”

To help Rodriguez reach his goal, residents can make out a check to Special Olympics CT and send it c/o Rodriguez to the Canton Police Department, 45 River Road, Canton, CT or donate online at http://soct.convio.net/goto/drodriguez

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Officer Rodriguez, Sharon Pelkey and Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

Officer Rodriguez, Sharon Pelkey and Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

Local kids donate to the Cop on Top effort.

Local kids donate to the Cop on Top effort. Seen above is Officer David Rodriguez. He also spent time on the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department’s ladder truck, seen on the right.

Canton Police participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday.  Photo by John Fitts

Officer David Rodriguez poses with students at Stepping Stones Education Center during the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run in June.
Photo by John Fitts

Officer David Rodriguez participates in "Cop on Top" for Special Olympics.

Officer David Rodriguez participates in “Cop on Top” for Special Olympics.

 

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