Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department contingent takes Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics

February 07, 2005

If you have information on community events in Ellicott City/Elkridge, call Fay Lande at 410-715-2811.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department recently went swimming in 28-degree weather at Sandy State Park, near the Bay Bridge, to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland.

"It actually wasn't too bad," said firefighter Mike Barnett, who lives in Elkridge. "The wind wasn't blowing too bad, and the sun was out. But then again, it was 30 degrees."

The Elkridge contingent, which included youngsters and parents from the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Junior Firefighter Program, raised $5,548.

The ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 29, sponsored by the Maryland State Police, drew about 2,700 people and raised about $625,000, Barnett said.

"The wind was a little worse this year, as far as the amount of ice that was in the bay," he said. "Actually they're having a `Plunge 2,' for those people who didn't do it."

The icy sequel will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sandy Point State Park. Registration is required by 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Information: 410-789-6677, ext. 122.

- Fay Lande

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