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OSP "Copsicles West" Team Raises Over $2,100 for Special Olympics
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were part of the group of approximately 700 ‘plungers’ Saturday taking part in the second “Polar Plunge Portland” fundraiser for Special Olympics.  Organizers reported that ‘plungers’ and pledgers from the Portland Metro area surpassed the $100,000 goal for Special Olympics in the first of 5 statewide fundraising events.
On January 30, 2010 the five-member “Copsicles West” OSP team joined area police officers OSP "Copsicles West"and other supporters at Broughton Beach on the south bank of the Columbia River, east of the intersection of Northeast 33rd Avenue and Marine Drive.  OSP “Copsicles West” team members that raised $2,125 in support of Special Olympics Oregon were (left to right):
  • Trooper Dessa Deforest (OSP Government Camp)
  • Team captain, Senior Trooper Jeromy Hasenkamp (OSP St. Helens)
  • Trooper Jay Vogel (OSP St. Helens)
  • Lieutenant Gregg Hastings (OSP Public Information Officer)
  • Senior Trooper DeDe Hansell (OSP Portland)
Hosted by Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), a program of Special Olympics, “Polar Plunge Portland” was the first of five Polar Plunges throughout the state of Oregon in January and February that directly benefits Special Olympics Oregon.  Last year, plunges in Portland and Bend raised more the $170,000 for Special Olympics Oregon.  This year’s goal is to attract as many as 700 plungers per plunge and raise more than $250,000 for the organization’s programs and services.
More information about “Polar Plunge Portland” is available at: