Cops on Top stakeout Walmart for the Special Olympics

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There will be a heavy presence of law enforcement at the Walmart on Highway 72 near County Line Road this weekend. But don't be alarmed, no crimes have been committed.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office is staking out this friendly neighborhood Walmart for their annual fundraiser, Cops on Top.

"This is something we are very passionate about in our community," said Sgt. Brent Patterson with the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Each year they raise thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics. These $10 dollar shirts embody exactly what the Law Enforcement Torch Run and fundraiser is all about.

"Dedication, Bravery, Acceptance,” said Sgt. Patterson reading off the words on the front of the shirt. “They know these words better than I do."

And on the back of the shirt, “Never forgotten, these are law enforcement officers that lost their lives in the line of duty last year."

This weekend the department is on a mission, selling these shirts, doughnuts and accepting donations from sun up until sundown.

"Not only is it fun,” exclaimed Patterson. “We are very passionate about what we do with these kids and not to mention it's our kids. When you see these kids walk up and they see our t-shirt, they know what this is for."

Last year Cops on Top raised $15,000.   This year they hope to double that amount.

Every dollar raised will go back to the Special Olympics and the shirts are being sold all across the state of Alabama.

"When they have to go on trips and they do the state games,” explained Sgt. Patterson. “The money is there for them as well as the family for transportation."

So don't be alarmed by the all the law enforcement. They aren't citing but rather accepting for a good cause.

The sheriff's office will be at the Walmart on Highway 72 West near County Line Road. They will be there from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday.

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