Freezin' for a reason

Lone Tree officers join Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics

Posted 2/20/18

Despite sub-freezing temperatures, seven members of the Lone Tree Police Department plunged into the Aurora Reservoir on Feb. 10 during the annual Aurora Reservoir Polar Plunge event, which benefits …

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Freezin' for a reason

Lone Tree officers join Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics

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Despite sub-freezing temperatures, seven members of the Lone Tree Police Department plunged into the Aurora Reservoir on Feb. 10 during the annual Aurora Reservoir Polar Plunge event, which benefits Special Olympics Colorado.

Sgt. Joe Deland headed the team of chilly champions, who raised $1,600 for Special Olympics Colorado.

“It was freezing. It was about 15 degrees and like swimming in frozen slush,” said Deland. “The worst part was running out in the cold air.”

Deland said he's been participating in the event since he joined the department in 2009, and although he doesn't like the freezing part, it's well worth the sacrifice to support the athletes.

“These athletes go through so much just to compete, and every day in their lives. A few minutes of freezing and being uncomfortable is worth it,” said Deland.

Officers collected donations from friends and family members, and each paid $75 to participate. Those who didn't care to jump into the freezing water could “hibernate” and still raise money. The event helps more than 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Colorado.

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