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Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 10:44 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 30, 2014 3:03 p.m. CDT
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Cary police officers gather on top of Dunkin' Doughnuts Friday, May 30, 2014 in Cary. Police officers from throughout the state will cover more than 150 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Officers hope to raise more than $325,000 for the event. In return for the police officers doing time at their stores, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run fund.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Kurt Majzner stood atop a Dunkin' Donuts roof overlooking Route 14 Friday morning and struck an unspoken – but noisy – deal with the drivers turning in.

Majzner, a Crystal Lake Police Department detective, had slapped a kilt over his uniform and was playing the bagpipes.

"They pay and I'll play," he said, and then, thinking about it, added a different scenario. "Or, they pay and I'll stop.

"Either way, it's supporting a good cause."

Majzner joined police all over McHenry County on Friday to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois during Cop on a Rooftop. The annual fundraiser raises money and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser Special Olympics Illinois puts on each year.

Dunkin' Donuts locations in Carpentersville, Cary, East Dundee, Fox Lake, Gilberts, Huntley, Island Lake, Lake in the Hills, McHenry and Woodstock joined the Crystal Lake location in raising money Friday.

Related: Drone video from the Island Lake Cop on a Rooftop event.

The fundraiser was scheduled from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Majzner joined a couple other Crystal Lake officers volunteering atop the roof to draw attention to the store, which crowded Friday morning. The drive-thru wrapped around the building and spilled onto Route 14 at times.

Officers expected to top their mark from last year, as pitch-perfect morning weather was forecast to climb into the high 70s as the day wore on.

"Sometimes it's cold. Sometimes it's rainy," said officer Sean McGrath, who has been volunteering for Cop on a Rooftop for seven years. "This is a good year."

Below, in the drive-thru line, volunteers Pam LaVoie and Daniel Garcia greeted customers and took donations. The two said they'd been successful much of the morning – no change from years past, LaVoie added.

"Everyone here is so generous," she said. "We've had great turnouts every year."

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