Every year, brave individuals line up to participate in the Polar Plunge, a cold icy plunge into a body of water for a worthy cause. Today, members of the Dallas Police Department’s command staff took part in the Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge. The plunge, which was hosted by the Special Olympics of Texas, was organized by members of the Mesquite Police Department and held at the City Lake Aquatic Center in Mesquite.
The Polar Plunge is a nationally recognized fundraising effort benefiting Special Olympics and the athletes who compete. In order to participate, individuals or teams collect pledges from friends, family, and colleagues to lock in their spots. Proceeds raised go to help provide year-round sports competitions and training for athletes.
Participating groups who came out to “freeze for a reason” included members of the Mesquite Police and Fire Department, students and staff from the Poteet Pirates ROC, and New Liberty BC. Dallas Police Chief, Eddie Garcia and Mesquite’s Chief of Police David Gill and council members led the way for this deserving cause.
At the end of today’s event raised over $20,000, awards were given out for raising the most in donations raised and for having the best costume. Our very own Assistant Chief Jesse Reyes took home the prize for the best costume in his roaring 20’s swimsuit…Congratulations!!!