Fourteen intrepid Eugene Police employees from dispatch, records and patrol on Saturday, February 10, braved a cold morning dip in the river at the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Even K9 Cwyk (pronounced 'Quick') got into the spirit of things.
The Eugene Police team joined with other teams from around the area to plunge into the Willamette River to benefit Special Olympics. The team and the Eugene Police Employees Association charity fund made donations on behalf of the members who jumped in the icy waters.
Polar Plunge organizers describe the event as "a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Oregon waters. The event is open to the public, and all spectators are welcome free of charge. The best way to plunge is with a team, so start planning yours for next year. Get your friends, family members, co-workers and boss to take the plunge with you."
The event takes place throughout the world every year to support Special Olympics athletes.
Learn more about Special Olympics Oregon