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Cops stake out Murrysville donut shop for Special Olympics

| Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Updated 5 hours ago

At 9:15 a.m., Murrysville police Chief Tom Seefeld seriously considered adding a second round of sunscreen.

“We're here until 2 p.m.,” Seefeld said while standing on the roof of the Murrysville Dunkin' Donuts. “And I burn quickly.”

Luckily, it was for a good cause. Murrysville and Monroeville police officers participated in the “Cop on a Rooftop” event Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts on William Penn Highway. They joined officers in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri to raise awareness — and money — to support the Special Olympics.

This was the first year police in Pennsylvania participated, a Dunkin' Donuts spokeswoman said. They raised money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

“This is all leading up to the May 30 torch run, which will go from Pittsburgh to Penn State University,” Seefeld said. “Our guys will take the torch at Speedway (at the intersection of routes 22 and 286) and go the couple miles up to Sheetz.”

Seefeld said it was great to see the community support.

“The parking lot was overflowing with people stopping by earlier this morning, willing to give,” he said.

In addition, $3,500 was donated by Heartland Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Dunkin' Donuts in the Pittsburgh area.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will kick off at 9 a.m. May 30, leaving from PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Shore and traversing the Route 22 corridor through Westmoreland County.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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Murrysville and Monroeville police officers attract attention on the roof of the Murrysville Dunkin Donuts during the 'Cop on a Rooftop' event held Friday, May 20, 2017, to raise money for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run at the end of the month.
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Police from Murrysville and Monroeville watch traffic from the roof of the Murrysville Dunkin Donuts during the 'Cop on a Rooftop' event held Friday, May 20, 2017, to raise money for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run at the end of the month.
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From the left, Scott Kettren and K-9 Argos, W.T. Supancic, Steve Maritz and Dan Lazzaro from the Murrysville Police Department pose for a photo with Allegheny County Special Olympics athlete Michael Maker.
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Police from Murrysville and Monroeville keep an eye on Route 22 during the 'Cop on a Rooftop' event, held Friday, May 20, 2017, at the Murrysville Dunkin Donuts to raise money for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run at the end of the month.
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