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Crete Police Freeze Their Badges Off For Special Olympics Illinois’ Polar Plunge

Photo Caption: Polar Plunge 2018 was a friend and family affair for the Crete Police Department, whose officers took a dip in Manteno Lake to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.


Crete Police Department’s intrepid Polar Plungers raised $2,250, with donations still coming in, during the 2018 event at Manteno Sportsman’s Club.

Just looking at the photo makes you feel cold! But the 2018 Polar Plunge was for a good cause–Special Olympics Illinois–so Crete PD was all in.

The sun was bright.

The water was cold.  No, seriously, it was cold.

But didn’t stop Crete’s Police Department from taking a dip in Manteno Lake last weekend in the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois.

Team Crete PD was one of 50 teams participating and raised $2,250, with donations still coming in, according to Deputy Chief Scott Pieritz.

The event drew some 544 participants this year and raised a total of $118,357.99.

“The Crete Police Department participated in this event and dressed in a Toga/Roman Gladiator theme this year,” said  Pieritz, who took the Plunge along with Police Officers Aldon Taylor, Christopher Young, Gabrielle Nickel, Dave Nelson, and Michael Lucia.

“Family and friends also joined in on plunge and came out to support the teams,” he noted.  “Officers were required to raise a minimum of $100. As of now, The Crete Police Department has raised $2,250 for the event, with more donations coming.

“Officer Taylor is The Crete Police Department’s Special Olympics representative. Officer Taylor is very involved in Special Olympics and was recently recognized for helping to raise over $14,000 in 2017 for the organization.”

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