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'Shop with a Cop' raises money at Pizza Hut
'Shop with a Cop' raises money at Pizza Hut

Shirley Conley receives her pizza from St. Robert police officer Victor Weir on Monday, Nov. 17.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 18, 2008) — Local police departments held their most visible annual fundraiser for the Shop with a Cop program on Monday night with officers from numerous civilian and military police departments waiting on tables at Pizza Hut in full uniform.

By special arrangement with the local Pizza Hut, all tips given to officers on Monday night and 20 percent of the total sales went to support the Shop with a Cop program, which provides $100 per child for needy children to purchase Christmas presents. Now in its fifth year, Shop with a Cop involves each city police department in Pulaski County, the sheriff’s department, and Fort Leonard Wood military police.

This was the first year for Officer Victor Weir of the St. Robert Police Department to participate. As the tall and burly officer carried pizza to tables in his dress uniform, Weir, who until recently worked in Miller County, said he liked the idea of Shop with a Cop. He’s never done anything like it in his eight prior years of law enforcement, he said.

“It’s something we can do to help out kids who otherwise might not have as good a Christmas,” Weir said.

Weir didn’t realize it, but his customers included the retired Waynesville assistant police chief, Ed Conley, and his wife Shirley. They ordered a chicken supreme pizza, but said they were more interested in the reason for the event than in the pizza.

“Is there anything else I can get for you?” Weir politely asked the Conleys. “Are you sure I can’t get you anything else to drink?”

Weir’s service impressed Shirley Conley.

“He was very nice, but it’s kind of funny to be served by a man with a gun at his side,” she said. “They’re doing a good job tonight.”

Ed Conley, who is now a Waynesville city council member, said he often comes to Pizza Hut and likes the food, but he likes supporting kids even more.

“Next Thursday night I am going to wear my ‘Shop with a Cop’ shirt to city council and tell everyone else they need to buy one, too,” he said. “And I really have great appreciation for Pizza Hut for doing this.”

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