Cops serve Rita's for Special Olympics

July 5, 2008 8:49:02 PM PDT
South Jersey cops rolled up their sleeves and dug deep for a worthy cause. Gary Sheehan is used to locking up criminals, so working at Rita's water ice was a different kind of assignment for the Berlin, New Jersey cop, and his partner.

"It's tougher than it looks. They taught us this morning; they gave us a crash course on how to dome and twist," Officer Sheehan said.

"It's an advanced course. I'm Misto certified, so I can do the Mistos, the Gelatis, and the water ice," Bernie Davis of the Berlin Police said.

With 25 percent of today's proceeds going to the Special Olympics, these cops couldn't pass up such a sweet deal, so they soon became experts at taking orders.

Nobody minded if the police officers made a mess of their orders, but instead, customers lined up for the cause.

"I think that's wonderful, not only are they out to protect the public, they take their own personal time to come here and raise money for these special people," Danielle Green said.

Most appreciative was former Special Olympian Mike Doto who now works at Rita's.

"I loved it. I loved it," Doto said.

The Berlin Police officers love supporting the Special Olympics and setting an example for area kids.

"There's another side to police work aside from arresting people. There's the side of helping people less fortunate," Mike Miller of the Berlin Police said.

"I think that's actually a nice thing to do, raising money for the Special Olympics because I have an aunt and uncle in the Special Olympics," 9-year-old AJ Clements said.

When it comes to fundraisers for the Special Olympics, these cops get pretty creative, including skydiving. For more information on that: Click Here