With temperatures expected to be in the 50's Friday, Sr. Trooper Ramona Miller, who works at the Frederick Barrack, shouldn't complain too much. She's one of almost 400 Maryland State Police taking part in the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics. "This is number 16, but I've done 15 of them," said Miller.
Trooper Miller and others will be jumping into the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon. Organizers say it's being held to give police officers who work weekends or who are helping at the Plunge take part in the fun." They have festivities and activities going on all day at Sandy Point Park," continued Miller. "It's for a good cause." She also had a word or two for her fellow co-workers. "I'd like to challenge them. If you're not going to join me, at least give me a donation," Miller said.
The Plunge will raise goose bumps, but more importantly, will raise money that supports year found sports training and competition for Maryland children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Friday morning about 50 "Super Plungers" will begin to jump in once an hour for 24 hours. Each one has committed to raise $10,000, and the change to jump in the Bay 24 times.
At 12:00 noon, on Friday, more than 3,000 teens from across Maryland will take to the beach as part of the third annual "Cool Schools Plunge." At 1:00 p.m., the first Police Plunge will be held. "The water is usually warmer than the air," Miller said.
General public plunges will take place on Saturday at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. All that is asked of plungers is to raise a minimum of $50 in donations.