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Two OSP Teams Take the "Plunge" to Help Raise Over $6,200 for Special Olympics Oregon
Sergeant Eric Brown
Oregon State Police - Bend
Office: (541) 388-6213
Senior Trooper Jeromy Hasenkamp
Oregon State Police - St. Helens
Office: (503) 397-0325

Oregon State Police teams from central Oregon and St. Helens' areas took the "plunge" helping to raise over $6,200 for Special Olympics Oregon when they participated in this year's "Polar Plunge" events in Bend and Portland.

The "Polar Plunge" is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes. Oregon State Police troopers joined hundreds other brave souls by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy waters of the Deschutes River and Columbia River during two fundraising events.
During this year's "Third Annual Polar Plunge" Bend-area event held Friday, February 27th, the nine-person Oregon State Police team, "Team Copcicles", raised $5,011 to date. The event's website indicates their team has raised the second highest amount for the Deschutes event, and may end up being the top fund raising law enforcement team. Last year, their five-person team raised over $3,100. This year's team members were:Polar Plunge Deshuttes 
  • Sergeant Eric Brown (Bend)
  • Senior Trooper Joey Pollard (Bend)
  • Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn (Prineville)
  • Senior Trooper Toni Raugust (Bend)
  • Trooper Clint Prevett (Madras)
  • Trooper John Russo (Madras)
  • Trooper Todd Burke (Prineville)
  • Detective Sean Belding (Baker City)
  • Devin Mast (Bend Crime Lab)
Last weekend three Oregon State Police troopers from the St. Helens office, "Team Copcicles West", participated in their first "plunge" into the Columbia River at the Portland-area event raising $1,200. This year's three member team was:
Polar Plunge - Columbia 
  • Senior Trooper Jeromy Hasenkamp (St. Helens)
  • Trooper Dan Meyer (St. Helens)
  • Trooper Jay Vogel (St. Helens)
Information about the "Polar Plunge" is available at www.soor.org/plunge.