So what if the Triangle had been blanketed with ice and snow and had experienced record cold temperatures just the day before?
That didn’t matter to the police officers and brave souls who volunteered to jump in in Shepherds Vineyard Pool Saturday afternoon to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Almost 50 jumpers and many more raised $7,700 for the first Polar Plunge held by the Apex Police Department.
While the department is active in raising money for the organization with “Cop on Top” at Chick-Fil-A, a golf tournament and more, this is the first year they’ve held a Polar Plunge as part of their fundraising efforts, said Capt. Ann Stephens.
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“We just decided this year to throw one more thing in there to raise money,” she said.
Members of the department, town council members, area businesses and families donated $25 apiece to jump, with others forming teams to maximize donations.
Temperatures warmed up enough for people to venture to the pool, though when Apex firefighter measured the water temperature, well, it was practically arctic.
“Clearly this weekend is going to be polar,” Stephens said before the event. But, she added, “Oh yeah, we’re not giving up.”