Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto and Poudre Fire Authority Fire Chief Tom DeMint were joined by a several hearty, adventuresome Fort Collins Police employees with guts and a warm heart in the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics of Colorado on Saturday, February 9. The group which included Captain Jerry Schiager and Dispatch Supervisor Katie Alvord, jumped in the cold waters of the Boulder Reservoir on a cold morning when the air temperature barely reached 32 degrees and show was flying raising over $2000 dollars for the athletes.
Teams from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department and the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office also participated in the Polar Plunge.
“It’s cold but only hurts for a moment and definitely takes your breath away. Getting out to the cheers of the crowd and knowing you’re helping the athletes makes it all worthwhile”, said Police Chief John Hutto.
Special Olympics of Colorado provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics providing athletes continued opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Fort Collins Police also support Special Olympics of Colorado in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run each spring.