Officer spends 3 days on donut shop roof

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

MESA, Ariz. -- An Arizona Department of Corrections Officer is at it again - spending 60 hours on top of a Krispy Kreme location in Mesa all to support Special Olympics.

Officer John Risch put on his pink tutu and took on the role of "Cop on Top of a Doughnut Shop" for his seventh year to help raise money for Special Olympics.

"When I was a child I had epilepsy and I was on a strong dose of Phenobarbitals," Risch said. "And actually I hate this word but they called me borderline mentally retarded when I took the IQ test as a child."

As Risch went through puberty, his brainwaves went normal allowing him to stop taking the medication.

Risch will also be raising awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympic Arizona.

"At school I just became the guardian of the kids that were special needs and ever since have been my heroes," Risch said.

Risch will be on top of the donut shop from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday wearing different costumes and talking to customers.

Officer Risch is also an active coach and volunteer with Special Olympics Arizona.

To donate or contribute to the cause, visit the Krispy Kreme on Power Road and the US 60 or go to www.specialolympicsarizona.org.