The sight of three uniformed police officers knocking on your office door early in the morning can be a bit unsettling.
But that was not the case early Thursday, when Independence police officers Derek King and Jack Taylor and Blue Springs police officer Scott Ramsey surprised Summit Restaurant Group director of marketing Roger Goos and presented him with a thank-you plaque.
Summit Restaurant Group has donated over 300 pizzas the past three years to the Missouri School Resource Officers Association annual retreat.
The association is meeting this weekend in Osage Beach, Mo., and Ramsey said everyone is looking forward to what the group now calls “pizza by the pool.”
“We have over 350 officers and their families attending the Missouri School Resources Officers Association meeting down at the Lake of the Ozarks, and everyone looks forward to the night Pizza Hut delivers pizza by the pool,” Ramsey said, as King and Taylor nodded in agreement.
“We’re a non-profit organization, and the donation of pizza for one night – and, they have been doing it the past three years – has been a tremendous cost-cutting help to our group. And we just wanted to drop by Roger’s office to thank him.”
The donation process began three years ago when Ramsey met the children of Patti and Tom Jorgensen while working as the resource officer at the Blue Springs Freshman Center.
“I accompanied the students on a trip and I was talking to Patti about the officer’s association and that led to Tom – who owns the Summit Group – donating pizza to our association,”
Ramsey said. “They’re such good people. We are really honored to partner with Summit Group because they are so important to our association.”
Goos said the pizza donation is something he looks forward to every year.
“We keep our people busy down in Osage Beach during the association’s meeting,” Goos said. “We make sure that we have plenty of ingredients at our locations to take care of the officers association.”
Goos also pointed out the importance of supporting school resource officers with all the recent school-related tragedies across the country.
“They are so important to the safety of our children,” Goos said. “That’s why we are so excited about this partnership and hope to keep it going for many more years.”