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"Copsicles East" Raises Over $1,200 for Special Olympics
Sergeant Eric Brown
Oregon State Police - Bend
(541) 388-6213

For the third year in a row, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from central Oregon participated in the “Polar Plunge Bend” fundraiser for Special Olympics.  Joining hundreds of other brave souls, the seven troopers raised over $1,300 this year and nearly $9,500 over their three year participation.
On the evening of February 26, 2010 the seven members of the OSP “Copsicles” team took the plunge into the Deschutes River at Riverbend Park in Bend.  Participating in this year’s OSP team were (left to right):
OSP "Copsicles" 
Bottom Row
  • Lieutenant Carl Rhodes
  • Trooper Travis Ring (OSP Fish &Wildlife – Bend)
  • Trooper Bob Olson
  • Senior Trooper Gary Martin
  • Sergeant Eric Brown
Top Row
  • Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn (OSP Prineville)
  • Senior Trooper Tim Holbrook
  • Devin Mast (OSP Bend Crime Lab)
The Bend-area OSP plungers were one of two OSP trooper teams participating in five events held around Oregon between January 30 and February 26.  On January 30th, the five-member “Copsicles West” OSP team joined area police officers 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 rose over $2,100 in support of Special Olympics Oregon.
Hosted by Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), a program of Special Olympics, polar plunges throughout the state of Oregon directly benefits 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.  Total donations to date for the Portland plunge is over $147,000 and for the Bend plunge over $81,000.
More information about “Polar Plunge” is available at www.soor.org/plunge.