Friday, January 28, 2011

Best of luck to our Polar Plungers

Dozens of men and women from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department will do something that's frankly pretty crazy tomorrow: they're going to jump in a frigid lake. They're doing it for a great cause, though: to support Special Olympics Missouri, which is KCPD's charity of choice. Teams have formed from around the department, and they have raised money to help athletes with developmental disabilities.

One special KCPD member is taking the craziness one step further: Detective Donie Spaeth is our department's first ever Super Polar Plunger. She's jumping into Longview Lake 24 times in 24 hours prior to the big Polar Plunge tomorrow. Above is a photo of her coming out of her third dip today. She raised more than $3,000 to do this.

And before you think she's getting off easy because the weather got nice today, keep in mind that Polar Plunge organizers first had to cut through 8 inches of ice this morning to create a space for the plungers to get in. The water underneath remains close to freezing temperatures.

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