2014-06-26 / Front Page

Officers, tips support Special Olympics

By Greg Knight | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Mariposa County Deputy Probation Officer Matt DiPirro serves up a Reuben sandwich during the "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser for Special Olympics on Thursday, June 26. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)Mariposa County Deputy Probation Officer Matt DiPirro serves up a Reuben sandwich during the "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser for Special Olympics on Thursday, June 26. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9 a.m. - Instead of busting bad guys, Mariposa County Deputy Probation Officer Matt DiPirro and members of the Mariposa County Probation Department and Mariposa County Sheriff's Office gave a whole new meaning to “protect and serve” on Thursday, June 26 by waiting on customers at Happy Burger as part of the “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser event. 

The Mariposa County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (DSA) coordinated the event to help raise funds for local Special Olympic athletes. The DSA consists of front line law enforcement officers from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, probation and the district attorney’s office.

According to Sheriff Doug Binnewies, the program is in need of donations to help fund the athletes.

Mariposa County deputy Wes Smith, the president of DSA, said the evening was a resounding success.

"The night was a great event. We served food for three hours and raised approximately $600 in tips," Smith said. "The athletes were there and fun was had by all. The work crew included Matt DiPirro from probation, Stacey Benedetti from animal control, deputy Jeff Ransom, and myself. We all offered to do it again next year."

Sarah Brewster and Dave Wise coordinate and coach the local program.

Read the story in the July 3, 2014 edition of the GAZETTE.

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wes smith is such a great

wes smith is such a great cop, one of the very best,does the department pick who gets to be a sergant? cause if so we should change that and put it to a vote, this town could use more police like wes. and i know the community could use "one of the good ones" calling the shots. maybe replace williams, he doesn't seem to like his job

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