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Helena PD Serving Pizza for a Good Cause

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You typically see local law enforcement patrolling the streets, but tomorrow in Helena, you'll see them serving pizza.

Mackenzie River Pizza is teaming up with the Helena Police Department tomorrow, from open to close, for the "Tip-A-Cop" fundraising event.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is hosting the event to raise money for Special Olympics Montana. Mackenzie River Pizza will donate $1 for every ordered "Tip-A-Cop" pizza special. The pizza is named "The Guardian" to honor local law enforcement. General manager Jeremy Speer said that during their shift, the officers will be like one of the crew.

"They'll be doing some door greeting, exploring a little bit more in depth what the program is about, and then they'll be seating the guests, helping us out by bringing food and drinks, busing tables, and probably doing some dishes," Speer said. "They are a bit out of their element for sure and the customers truly enjoy it, we have a great time...it's kind of a big party for all of us."

It's not everyday you work along side an officer, but server Lisa Lukenbill said it makes for a fun day at work.

"They're cops, you like to give them a hard time..because they're cops," Lukenbill said.

"It is a little interesting we're kind of used to doing our jobs the way that we are, and they doing there's of course--we kind of mix it up," Speer said. "It is a bit comical at times, but we do get it done."

Looking back at last year's fundraising event, Speer said officers learned real quick that serving pizza isn't for the faint of heart.

"There were some dropped drinks. a couple accidents of the sort," Speer said. "I have the deepest respect for the police department, but it was a bit on our end a little humorous to watch them sweat the way that we do."

Not only are Helena officers working the event, Special Olympic athletes lend a hand as well.

As a company, Mackenzie River Pizza Co. hopes to raise $11,000. Next Tuesday, the "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser will be hosted at their restaurant in Great Falls.

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