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Cop on Top starts in Union Gap today

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- A Yakima police officer will spend 32 hours on the roof of a store to help raise money for the Special Olympics.

It's called "Cop on Top" and it's part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign. Lieutenant Mike Merryman will reel in donations from the roof of top foods in Union Gap. The money raised goes to local Special Olympics athletes, helping them compete at several different events every year.

"When you are a Special Olympics athlete, really all you need to know is that you've got an event coming up. You've got a softball tournament, soccer, track and field event... And getting there and how to pay for it shouldn't be your concern," says Merryman.

Cop on Top has raised over $25,000 for athletes over the past nine years. The event is happening right now at Top Foods in Union Gap and ends at six Friday night.