For Immediate Release
Monday, April 2, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police Officers and Firefighters to Participate in Polar Plunge to Raise Money for Special Olympics
BEDFORD — Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Fire Chief David Grunes are pleased to announce that members of the Bedford Police and Fire departments will be taking part in the Polar Plunge at Long Lake Beach in Littleton this weekend, to raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Long Lake Beach, 18 Town Road, Littleton
Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m.
The Bedford Police and Fire departments have partnered with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Massachusetts to take part in their fifth annual Polar Plunge event.
The LETR is an international charity made up of law enforcement officers that raises funds and increases awareness for the Special Olympics.
Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year-round training, athletic competition and other programs for over 12,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across the state. Special Olympics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
From the shore of Long Lake Beach, officers and firefighters will run into the frigid water, along with dozens of other participants, on the day of the event. Before they take the plunge, however, police officers and firefighters participating in the event will be seeking donations to help reach their goal of raising $1,000.
“What a great opportunity for our departments to join together to raise money for the Special Olympics. We are very fortunate to be able to participate in this year’s event,” Police Chief Bongiorno said. “I want to thank everyone in advance for their generous donations and hopefully the water isn’t too cold this weekend!”
Fire Chief Grunes said, “The firefighters and police officers that have volunteered to participate in this event epitomize the quality and passion of men and women that serve our town.”
The Polar Plunge is one of LETR’s premiere fundraising events of the year. In 2017, more than 1,000 people participated in plunge events in Pittsfield, Sharon, Marlborough, Hull, Revere and other towns. The events raised over $400,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts.