The Springfield police department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office are about to very cold and wet to benefit special needs children throughout the area.
The “Polar Plunge” is happening Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Ski Shack Cable Park to benefit Special Olympics. Volunteers raise funds for Special Olympics from pledges connected to their jumping into frigid winter water.
“We are passionate about giving back to our community and those in need,” Corporal James Craigmyle of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office told OI. “We are extremely grateful for the communities support and the nation’s support in donating to the Special Olympics on behalf of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Together we can give these special heroes a fun and exciting Olympic experience.”
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has a goal of $10,000. If the Office hits that goal, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott will join his deputies in taking the plunge.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams has also committed to taking the plunge, playfully messaging to Arnott on Twitter “see you in the water, Sheriff.”
This year I’m happy to see that GCSO finally agreed to participate—after many years of SPD Off Mark Priebe asking—and like most first timers they are bringing in more money than the other LE agencies…all to benefit special olympics athletes throughout the year,” Chief Williams told OI. “Plunging into freezing cold water, usually in freezing cold temperatures isn’t fun, no matter what anyone says, but it’s a short lived “sacrifice” that reaps giant rewards, in money, recognition, and smiles.”