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Special Olympics Montana, Gallatin County law enforcement team up for virtual polar plunge

Special Olympics Montana and Gallatin County law enforcement team up for "Virtual" Polar Plunge
Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 20:36:45-05

BOZEMAN — On Wednesday afternoon, Gallatin County first responders as well as Special Olympics athletes were getting sprayed by a fire hose to raise money for the virtual polar plunge.

“We’re just going to be sprayed by cold water simply all in effort to raise money for Special Olympics of Montana,” said Bozeman PD interim chief Jim Veltkamp.

Every year the polar plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics put on by law enforcement has been at the Glenn Lake Rotary Park. But this year, the plunge was virtual so they had to get creative and they decided to get sprayed by a fire hose.

“Law enforcement and the Special Olympics of Montana have had an ongoing relationship for a very, very long time,” Veltkamp said.

The Gallatin Valley officers wanted to kick off the polar plunge and ask everyone around the Bozeman community to send in their own polar plunges. If you don’t want to do that, donating is always an option or both.

“This event is important, I think, because it highlights, especially to the athletes, the support that law enforcement has of them and their efforts," Veltkamp said. "We want to show support however we can. It’s just a fun way to be able to come and obviously do something a little bit different than we normally do.”

Athlete Skylehr Stiles was asked what’s worse: Getting shot by the hose or jumping in the pond?

"Shot by the hose," he said,

You can go to the Special Olympics of Montana website to submit your Polar Plunge video and donate.