Two Pacific police officers have their hearts set on rappelling down the side of a downtown St. Louis hotel to raise money for Special Olympics.

Michelle Schroeder and Sgt. Rodney Backus have vowed to go over the edge for Special Olympics.

The pair have signed up for a Special Olympics fund-raising event that lets those who raise enough money rappel 17 stories from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, opposite the Gateway Arch in Downtown St. Louis.

Each participant has to raise $1,000 for the Special Olympics Missouri year-round program.

The officers will be asking family, friends and co-workers to contribute to the Special Olympics on their behalf.

Schroeder and Backus will hold a barbecue fund-raiser on the Pigg’s Pets parking lot Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“I think we’ll have some help with the barbecue from the Police Explorers Club and some other volunteers,” Schroeder said.

The Special Olympics organization provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disability.

The Missouri program conducts 332 competitions, 21 challenge days, 30 young athlete programs and 74 training schools each year.

There are two ways to donate. Checks made out to Special Olympics can be mailed to the Pacific Police Department, 300 Hoven Drive, Pacific, or supporters can donate online at