Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Hatcher took his support for Special Olympics to a new level Saturday, Nov. 9, when he rappeled off of a 15-story building in downtown Dallas.

“I’m looking forward to doing this,” he said with a smile before making his descent from atop the Bank of America tower located at Zang and Interstate 35E. “I’m really happy to help out the athletes with the money I raised.”

Hatcher and the other participants each raised more than $1,000 for the opportunity to take part in “Over the Edge,” a primary fundraiser for Special Olympics of Texas, which serves 44,000 Special Olympians.

Interestingly, Hatcher had never rappelled before nor did he know anything about the sport beforehand. He expressed his appreciation to climbers with the Dallas Police and Fire departments who were at the event to provide assistance.

“I really did not expect to get the $1,000 raised with the way the fundraiser worked,” Hatcher said, thanking everyone who donated to Special Olympics on his behalf. “Everyone that gave, gave with their heart and the athletes in mind.”

Hatcher first became involved with Special Olympics of Texas during the Spring 2008 Games held in Cedar Hill.

=“Once I started doing that I was hooked,” he says. “The athletes are 100-percent into the games. They are all winners in my heart because it doesn’t matter if they win or lose; they are happy to be there and happy to see law enforcement at their events helping them.”