Cop on Top raises money for Special Olympics

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Police Cadet Kirk Giglio collects donations in front of the Colchester Town Green on Dec. 7 during a Cop on Top event held to benefit Connecticut Special Olympics. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Police Cadet Kirk Giglio collects donations in front of the Colchester Town Green on Dec. 7 during a Cop on Top event held to benefit Connecticut Special Olympics. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Colchester Sgt. Rob Suchecki waved from atop a construction lift to spectators far below near the Colchester Town Green on Dec. 7. Suchecki planned to spend between four and five hours suspended above Main Street, to help raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut. Cop on Top, a collaborative effort between the Colchester Police and the Connecticut State Police (Trooper 1st Class Carlo Guerra), typically raises between $5,000 and $6,000 per year, according to Suchecki. In its fourth year for 2013, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the cause.

Colchester’s event was also facilitated by Police Cadets sponsored by Connecticut State Police Troop K. There was a representative from Special Olympics Connecticut on hand, and members of the Colchester Hayward Volunteer Fire Company helped with traffic flow and signage. Folsom Construction contributed the man-lift, and Maneely’s Catering helped keep volunteers fed.

Billy Hemingway and Matt Van Cedarfield, both Special Olympians, were also on site to help with the event. “It’s fun to help the cops out,” said Van Cedarfield, who planned to help collect donations in oversized Christmas stockings.

Suchecki has been involved with youth activities for more than 23 years, working with the D.A.R.E. program and serving as a local youth softball and baseball coach. “This is the most rewarding thing I get to do; it’s a really great way to give back to the community,” said Suchecki. And, despite the fact that the event slows up Saturday morning traffic at a busy intersection, “People are very accepting and welcoming of us,” said Suchecki.

To learn more about Special Olympics Connecticut events, go to www.soct.org.


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