O’Fallon PD prepares for 2019 Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics

Det. Brian Gimpel and Capt. Kirk Brueggeman invite you to get involved in this year’s Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics Illinois. (Submitted Photo)

By Kate Crutcher

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Police Department has created a team for the 2019 Polar Plunge, which is taking place on February 23. 

Taking this icy cold leap into frigid water temperatures this year, is a team of police officers, police explorers, and supporters in an effort to raise money for the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. All participants must have at least raised $100 in donations from friends, family or co-workers in order to take the plunge. 

“I have always come close to my goal, in the previous 18 years of participating in the plunge. However, for me it is about just trying to give back to the athletes,” said Detective Brian Gimpel, O’Fallon Police Department.

The plunge will happen at the main beach at Carlyle Lake. The plunge registration is planned to start at 10 a.m. with the plunge scheduled to start at noon. Gimpel will be plunging during the event to show thanks to his donors and to show his support for Special Olympics. 

“It is just something that a lot of people here in the department truly believe in. There are a lot of fundraising events out there and we know that everyone can not give to everything, but we are thankful for any fundraising that we do get for the plunge,” Gimpel said. 

Last year, OPD raised over $42,365 for Special Olympics Illinois through their various fundraising efforts.

If anyone would like to sign up and plunge with the O’Fallon Police Department, please contact Detective Brian Gimpel at bgimpel@ofallon.org or 624-9553.

If you would like to make a donation, please see the link in this story on OFallonWeekly.com or simply drop off a check written out to Special Olympics Illinois at the O’Fallon Police Department, attention Det. Brian Gimpel.

The O’Fallon PD also has t-shirts for $20, sizes small through 3XL, and hats for $15 available for purchase this year. These can be purchased at the police department or at any of the department’s events throughout the year.