Friday, April 16, 2010

Milton officer walks 22 miles, raises $600

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Milton's 'Cuffed for a Cause' effort second among departments

MILTON, GA., April 16, 2010 - Milton police officer Paul Fregosi walked 22 miles and raised $600 while participating in the Special Olympics of Georgia's "Cuffed for a Cause" event April 10.

Fregosi was literally handcuffed to a moving treadmill for eight hours during the event, which took place outside the Walmart on Windward Parkway. The store generously donated the treadmill and was joined by Milton-based businesses Anytime Fitness and Extreme Nutrition in co-sponsoring the event.

"I'm not even sore," his fellow officers heard the triumphant Fregosi remark after his time on the treadmill.

Milton's $600 total was second in fundraising for police agencies participating across the metro area. More will be holding their own Cuffed events through May, said Allison Kaczenski, a Special Olympics of Georgia spokeswoman.

Through T-shirt sales, donations and other fundraising events, the Milton Police Department will continue in its efforts to raise money for the Special Olympics of Georgia's Law Enforcement Torch Run, which will take place Wednesday, May 19.

Previously, the Milton Police Department participated in and raised money for "Tip a Cop" Feb. 9 at Dickey's Barbecue and the "Polar Plunge" Feb. 20. To date, the department has raised nearly $4,000 through in-person and online donations.

On Saturday, April 17, Milton's police officers will join other metro departments at the Red Robin restaurant on Peachtree Parkway in Cumming for another "Tip a Cop" event in conjunction with the chain's long-standing charitable relationship with the Special Olympics. They will man the lunch shift. All five Georgia Red Robin locations are having similar events that day.

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