BLACKFOOT—Idaho State Patrolman Horacio Caldera of Blackfoot will have the “best seat in the house” watching the 4th of July fireworks at Jensen Grove this year.
He will be sitting on top of Tommy Vaughn’s Restaurant for the second
annual “Cop on Top” event to raise money for Special Olympics.
This is the second year that Caldera has volunteered to sit on top
of the roof to help raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics
- a sports training and athletic competition of “Olympic-like” like sports
for children and young adults with intellectual difficulties.
Caldera, whose own niece and nephew participated in the Special
Olympics, said, “Law enforcement and the Special Olympics go hand in hand. We run the torch for the Special Olympics every year.
We are the ‘keeper of the flame.’
“Caldera will go onto to the roof July 4 at 7 p.m. and will stay
there for about two and a half days,” said Kevin Rupe, owner of Tommy
Vaughn’s. “We will bring him food and he can take bathroom breaks, but otherwise that is where he will stay.”
Envelopes will be left on the tables at Tommy Vaughn’s so people can
contribute to the Special Olympics while Caldera camps on the rooftop. On
July 5, Tommy Vaughn’s will host “Tip A Cop” night, where law enforcement officers will be accepting tips for the Special Olympics.
Last year’s Cop on Top Event raised almost $4,000. Rupe and Caldera
say they hope that they can double the earnings this year.
Tommy Vaughn’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Jensen Grove Drive in Blackfoot.
For more information call 785-6400.