Originally Published: November 3, 2011 9:46 p.m.
Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy police recruits of Class 31 raised $1,251 for Special Olympics of Arizona during its Oct. 29 Cop on Top event, according Arlene Lucero, recruit-training officer with the academy and a Prescott Valley police officer.
Recruits sat on a Central Yavapai Fire District ladder truck in the parking lot of the Safeway on Highway 69 in Prescott Valley, encouraging shoppers to make donations. Prescott police K-9s also came out to visit with people, Lucero said.
"We'd like to thank Special Olympics athlete Danny Wrigley and Nick Fournier with Central Yavapai Fire," Lucero said. "Nick brought the ladder truck, and Nick and Danny were out there all day."
Members of the Prescott Valley, Cottonwood, White Mountain Apache, Sedona, Page, Williams and Flagstaff police departments as well as the Coconino County Sheriff's Office took part in the event also, Lucero said.
Special Olympics of Arizona empowers the more than 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society through year-round sports training, competitions and support programs.
Special Olympics of Arizona has grown to more than 9,000 athletes, 24 sports, 172 year-round competitions and multiple support programs, which are provided at no cost to athletes.