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Langley firefighters, cops get soaked to help Special Olympics

Polar Plunge raised $1,500 in its second year in Langley
Langley Township firefighters, RCMP officers, Special Olympians, and members of Inclusion Langley got soaked for the 2nd annual local Polar Plunge fundraiser. (Langley RCMP/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley Township firefighters and Langley RCMP officers teamed up to get soaked as part of a benefit for Special Olympics in the recent Polar Plunge.

On Feb. 20, the local protective services members gathered with some Inclusion Langley representatives and a few Special Olympians for their version of the plunge, courtesy of the firefighters and one of their trucks.

Everyone got together in the centre of a lot at the local firefighting training centre, and the hoses were turned on, soaking more than a dozen people in seconds.

“We’re grateful for the donations we received,” said Cpl. Julie Bion, who worked on organizing the RCMP side of the event.

She noted that the event raised $1,500 for Special Olympics in B.C., with about $1,000 coming from the firefighters’ side. This was the second annual Polar Plunge event in Langley.

The Polar Plunge challenge runs from Feb. 17 to March 3 this year, and invites groups to plunge into cold water, or get soaked, to raise money for Special Olympics year-round sport, youth, and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilties.

Special Olympics athletes in B.C. take part in a wide variety of sporting events locally, regionally, and even at the provincial and national level.

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Matthew Claxton

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Raised in Langley, as a journalist today I focus on local politics, crime and homelessness.
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