O’Fallon PD raises $8,200 for Special Olympics at Carlyle Lake Polar Plunge

O'Fallon Polar PlungeCARLYLE – The O’Fallon Police Department were thrilled for the 60-degree day on Saturday when they took part in the annual Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake. The O’Fallon Police raised the most money of the teams that took part, raising over $8,200 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. The department event beat their own fundraising record, surpassing last year’s totals by $2,000.  Anyone interested in donating to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics through the O’Fallon Police Department can contact Officer Brian Gimpel at (618) 624-9553 or bgimpel@ofallon.org.

Pictured, from left: Taylor Davis, Shelby Baum, TC Lindsay Pirtle, Ofc. Joe Wagner, Det. Brian Gimpel, Kara Mouzin, Ofc. Ben Sosa, Ofc. Nick Stewart, Ofc. Neal Gough, Lt. Kirk Brueggeman, Chief Eric Van Hook, Ofc. Mike Hurt, Det. Brian Riggar, Ofc. Diane Coppotelli, Ofc. Eric Buck and Giuseppe Coppotelli.  (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert, Pickneyville Press)

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Whitney Wisnasky-Bettorf and her mom Babe Papproth were also at the Polar Plunge. Babe ran into the lake, but Whitney earned her “Top Chicken” shirt and stayed dry. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert, Pickneyville Press)

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A team from Scott Air Force Base, Chillin’ Like a Villain, took part in Saturday’s Polar Plunge. Their team raised $650 for Special Olympics. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert, Pickneyville Press)

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Officer Nick Stewart went all in at the Polar Plunge, making the run in just a speedo. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert, Pickneyville Press)