Once again a coordinated effort involving local law enforcement agencies – Cache County Sheriff’s office, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Logan City Police – will raise money for Special Olympics with the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event is scheduled for Jan. 21-22 at Hyrum Dam. “We invite everybody to come to Hyrum Dam and for $25 you get to jump into the freezing waters of Hyrum Dam,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Misty Garn. “You get a T-shirt and it’s a really good time. We encourage costumes, it’s a party. We have music going and food. It’s a good time.” Logan Police Sergeant Louise Speth said the T-shirt is a badge of honor that people can wear. “It takes a special sort of person to take the plunge and become a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.” Three jump times have been scheduled: Friday (Jan. 21) at noon and again at midnight and then the next day at noon. The Friday noon jump will include all those involved in law enforcement along with special guest plungers. USU students are invited to take part in the midnight plunge and all others are invited Saturday. “Last year our Logan Chief of Police, Gary Jensen, along with Assistant Chief Jeff Curtis and Captain Tracy Hulse and Lieutenants Curtis Hooley and Brad Franke all went into the water,” said Speth. “This year we’re hoping for at least that amount of support, if not more. We’re also hearing our Cache County Attorney James Swink has agreed to take the plunge.” Garn said Swink has agreed to jump into the dam if $500 is raised to see him do it. “We have had great support from the Utah Highway Patrol,” said Speth. “Sergeant Rick Mayo and his crew and several of the other troopers including Lieutenant Lee Perry have plunged in the past. Speth said the easiest way to register is at the Special Olympics web site – www.sout.org — and click on the Polar Plunge logo and then the Hyrum link. Lynn Rees of Special Olympics Utah said law enforcement agencies throughout Utah amount to the number one fundraising group in the state. “We’re so proud to have law enforcement officers all over Utah supporting us in this,” said Rees. “This is the number one polar plunge in the state. They consistently raise more money than the other locations in Utah.” Rees said one of Special Olympics Utah’s largest teams of Special Olympians, the Aggies, is from Cache County. “This not only benefits them but also the statewide events that take place with Special Olympics.” Deputy Garn invites all interested to just make the drive to Hyrum to witness the event. “Just come out and see what it’s all about, but bring your swimsuit because once you come out and see it you’re going to want to go into the water, I promise.” Sgt. Speth phrased her invitation another way: “Come and be freezin’ for a reason.”
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