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Trio of DOC Employees Participate in Polar Plunge

February 28, 2022 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

Three people stand in front of a frozen lake

SCI Huntingdon Lieutenant Strong, Central Region K9 Lieutenant Grassmyer and SCI Benner Township Sgt. Brown participated in a Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics in early February.

The event took place at Canoe Creek State Park, and people from 7-74 years old participated. Overall, the event raised $109,800, with Strong raising $1,531, Brown raising $100 and Grassmyer raising $50. Strong thanked Deputy Kohler, CCPM Strait, Maj. Loy and Maj. House at Huntingdon for generously donating $100 to her campaign and supporting her from the moment she told them about it.

“They were counting down the days with me and checking the weather reports in the days leading up to it,” Strong said. “The day of the plunge we ultimately were looking at a 19-degree temperature of the air, and the water was 28 degrees.”

Polar Plunges take place all over Pennsylvania, although the Canoe Creek event is especially intense as organizers cut a hole in the ice and have a team of rescue divers ready to leap in if needed. Participants can register and create fundraising pages based on which plunge they plan to attend.

Strong is hopeful the DOC can send even more participants to the event in 2023.

"Every year the Altoona Police Department raises the most money,” Strong said. “But I think if we can get enough DOC people together, we may be able to give them a run for their money!”

Three people jump into a frozen lake


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