by Lisa Tome
Dave Marcus couldn't have been more accommodating.
Marcus, manager of Elkton's Chick-Fil-A restaurant, politely asked a group of police officers if he could bring them a complimentary beverage.
He then asked if they would mind posing with him for a photo for the store's facebook page.
Marcus said he enjoys having police officers in the restaurant for 15 hours a day once a year. Marcus also has a special interest in the cause. One of his family members competes in Special Olympics.
Cops on Rooftops 2015 was underway.
The annual event, which has police officers from multiple agencies sitting on the roof at the restaurant to raise money for Special Olympics - Maryland, typically earns police about $1,500.
They combine that with the proceeds from June's Special Olympics Torch Run. During both events, they sell Torch Run shirts. The combined donation from the events is $3,000-$4,000 annually.
Elkton police officer Andrew Tuer stopped by and bought a t-shirt. "I wanted to support Special Olympics. If I get the opportunity, I will be up on the roof," said Tuer.
TFC Mike Cox has coordinated the Torch Run and Cops on Rooftops for the past several years. He said that recruiting officers can be a challenge. "I drop off flyers at all the police departments. The sheriff's office provides some help," said Cox. This year, state police, sheriff's deputies, Elkton police, Rising Sun police, and North East police signed on. "Due to manpower and scheduling, it's difficult. Some come here on their own time. Or they are working and stay beyond their work day," said Cox.
"This is probably not as much camaraderie as during Torch Run. But anytime you can get officers together, it's awesome," said Cox.
Detective Erin Nehila was on the roof on behalf of the sheriff's office. "I just like being out and meeting people and supporting the community," said Nehila, who also participates in the Torch Run.
Detective Chris Lewis also climbed to the roof. "This gives us positive contact with the community. The people here are good people," said Lewis.