Chilled

Sgt. David Childress with the McClain County Sheriff’s Department, shown here, says the warm glow in one’s heart will chase the chilblains away when it’s done in support of Oklahoma’s Special Olympics.

Mark your calendars and set your watches.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, several law enforcement officers from McClain County will take leave of their senses and risk pneumonia or worse by diving into the frigid pool at Whitewater Water Park in Oklahoma City.

They are on a mission, raising funds for Oklahoma’s Special Olympics.

Sgt. David Childress with the McClain County Sheriff’s Department was the top individual fund raiser at a previous Polar Plunge.

That was also the year the McClain County team snared first place after raising more than $10,000.

This year’s team has already surpassed the $10,000 mark, Childress said.

The team includes officers from the Purcell Police Department and the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s personnel taking the Polar Plunge this year include Childress, Lt. Billy Scott, Deputy Scott Gibbons and members of the jail staff.

Childress is an old hand at plunging into chilled depths  when the weather is likely fine for swimming in the southern hemisphere, but definitely not in central Oklahoma.

“One year it was snowing and the year before that it was sleeting,” he said.

But they don’t heat the water park’s pools and in February there is just one constant to count on.

“It’s usually really cold,” he said.

Then again a little hypothermia is a small price to pay for what the plungers get in return.

Especially those plungers in law enforcement.

Special Olympians love law enforcement.

“We’re heroes to those kids,” Childress said.

And the feeling is mutual.

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