The Polar Plunge at Leisure Lake in Joliet on Saturday lived up to its name, with chilly temperatures, brutal winds and even some icy spots on the water. But it was all for a good cause, with the Forest Preserve District's Police Department taking the plunge while raising $2,250 for Special Olympics.
“This year was a cold year," said Police Chief Tracy Chapman. "It definitely took my breath away."
District officers Steve Kirsch and Darryl Mayle, and the department's court officer Nicole Veerman also participated with Chapman in the event, which raised nearly $120,000 in all.
"It’s the right thing to do," Chapman said. "We do this to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes so that they can go to events and continue to participate."
Saturday's event was the first in a series of Special Olympics events in which the police department will participate. Also on the schedule are Cop on a Rooftop, Plane Pull, Armored Truck Pull and the Torch Run. In addition, Law Enforcement Torch Run booths will be set up at District events to publicize the efforts and help with fundraising goals.
Anyone interested in supporting Special Olympics can donate on the behalf of the District's Polar Plunge team, or any team that participated in the Polar Plunge event until 11 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.
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