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OSP Central Oregon Troopers Take the "Plunge"; Raise $3,100 for Special Olympics
03/03/2008
Sergeant Eric Brown
Oregon State Police - Bend
Office: (541) 388-6213

(Photograph left to right: Trooper Clint Prevett, Trooper Todd Burke, Trooper John Russo, and Trooper Sean Belding)
 
(Photograph left to right: Trooper Clint Prevett, Trooper Todd Burke, Trooper John Russo, and Trooper Sean Belding)
Five Oregon State Police troopers from central Oregon raised over $3,100.00 for Special Olympics Oregon when they took the "Polar Plunge" last Friday evening in the Deschutes River.
 
The "Second Annual Polar Plunge" was held Friday, February 29, 2008 in the frigid Deschutes River in Bend. According to the Special Olympics Oregon website, the "Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy waters of the Deschutes River." The event was open to the public and over 350 people participated in this year’s fundraising event.
 
The five person Oregon State Police team, "Team Copsicles", raised more than $3,100 to date. The following four of the five-member team made the plunge:
 
Trooper Clint Prevett (OSP Madras work site)
Trooper John Russo (OSP Madras work site)
Trooper Sean Belding (OSP Bend Area Command office)
Trooper Todd Burke (OSP Prineville work site)
 
A fifth team member, Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn, was out of the state and unable to enjoy the plunge.
 
More information about the Polar Plunge is available on the Special Olympics Oregon website at  www.soor.org/plunge.