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Rhinelander Policer Officers participate in 'Cop on the Rooftop'Submitted: 08/17/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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Rhinelander Policer Officers participate in 'Cop on the Rooftop'
RHINELANDER -  Officers from the Rhinelander Police Department stood on the roof of the building to raise money for the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

Officer Luke Linsmeyer said it's a great opportunity to spend time with the athletes.

"[We] get to communicate with [the athletes]. They get to communicate with us. We get to play a few games here and there. It's really a good time. It means a lot to just see them and for them to see us in this type of capacity rather than working in our cars," said Linsmeyer.


Ashley Mathy, one of the Special Olympics athletes, said fundraisers like this are a good way to bring the community together.

"It gets the community together to raise awareness for anyone with or without a disability," said Mathy.

Last year, officers raised around 600 dollars.


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