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A gold medal night: police help raise funds for Special Olympics

GO FOR GOLD — Applebee’s was bustling with customers on Sept. 12 for the “Law and Orders” fundraising event. Pictured above are Reid Heinrich, Nick Zmuda and Mike Checko, along with officers Jim Koch, Lauren Nowakowski, Ed Hughes, Michelle Rickard-Puleo and Captain Steve Nigrelli. Photo submitted by Jim Koch.
BLASDELL — Local police held an event called “Law and Orders” at the Applebee’s restaurant in Blasdell on Sept. 12. The event was part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a year-round fundraising campaign that benefits the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics was organized in 1969. It now has more than 36,788 volunteers and 4,515 certified coaches. There are 61,582 individuals with disabilities who comprise the Olympics in New York.

A GREAT CAUSE — Pictured are Jim Koch, a lieutenant for the town of Hamburg Police Department, with athlete Reid Heinrich. Photo by Alicia Greco.
During “Law and Orders,” officers from the surrounding area assisted Applebee’s employees for the evening; diners had the opportunity to donate money, at the end of their meal. There were some Olympian athletes on site.

The next major fundraising event is the annual Polar Plunge, which will take place at Woodlawn Beach on Dec. 7.

For more information about the upcoming event, visit


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