Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Idaho State Patrolman Horacio Caldera is camping on top of Tommy Vaughn's until 9 o'clock this evening to raise money for Special Olympics. The goal is to raise at least $5,000.
Idaho State Patrolman Horacio Caldera made camp on the top of Tommy Vaughn's Thursday evening to raise money for Special Olympics. He will come down from his rooftop perch at 9 p.m. this evening.
It's all part of Blackfoot's first "Cop on Top" event, a fundraiser created to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics are a sports training and athletic competition of "Olympic-like" sports for children and young adults with intellectual difficulties.
"We're very happy to help with the Special Olympics," said Camille Rupe.
Envelopes are on every table if people would like to contribute during business hours. Tommy Vaughn's is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Law enforcement officers will also be receiving donations.
Cladera, who lives in Blackfoot, said he willingly volunteered to be the camper for the event because his family has been personally touched by the Special Olympics.
He has a niece and nephew who have special needs.
"Law enforcement and the Special Olympics go hand-in-hand," said Bingham County Sheriff Deputy Jake Johnson. "We do the torch run for the Special Olympics every year. We are the guardians of the flame.'"
The camping equipment that Caldera is using will be auctioned off at the end of the fundraiser along with some hitches donated by Anderson Manufacturing in Idaho Falls.