Cops perch atop Chick-fil-A in Florence, raise money for Special Olympics

May 18, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — Law enforcement agents took to the roof of the South Irby Street Chick-fil-A for a good cause Thursday and will be back there Friday.

“We are raising money for Special Olympics South Carolina and the Law Enforcement Torch Run,” said James Allen, an investigator with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

He was joined by fellow deputies, a deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the South Carolina State Transport Police.

“This is our third year; Mark and Kim Drummond let us come here and do this,” Allen said as he and other deputies worked the lunch crowd for donations. The Drummonds are the Chick-fil-A franchisees.


Atop the restaurant, under a canopy, Transport Police Officer Chuck Norton delivered music and monologues that urged people in passing vehicles to stop and donate to the cause.

“All the money we raise her goes straight to South Carolina Special Olympics athletes to support them and their families in going to games and competing,” Allen said. “Last year we sent athletes to the world games and we had athletes from Florence County we supported who went to the world games and won gold medals.”

“I think the biggest thing is we want to be involved in the community in any that we can possibly help and I can’t think of a better reason to help,” Mark Drummond said. “Anytime we can do this I want to do this.”

The first year of the drive the effort raised $15,000. Last year it raised $17,000. This year, Allen said, the goal is $20,000.

Donors who give $20 get a T-shirt and a free Chick-fil-A sandwich.

The officers will be back atop the coop — and in the parking lot — starting at 8 a.m. Friday.