Officers with the state police in Butler got soaked for a good cause yesterday participating in the new Polar Pop.
Trooper Jim Long of the state police said the idea came about after the cancelation of the Polar Plunge which benefits the Special Olympics.
“Unfortunately we weren’t able to do the Polar Plunge that we usually do in Pittsburgh, so this was the next best thing,” Long said. “It actually worked out a little better because we could bring the plunge to the state police, as opposed to the state police having to go down there. So we more participants than we usually do.”
Local athletes with the Special Olympics along with other community members held very cold water balloons over the heads of troopes, who then had the cold water crash down on them.
“It’s a good environment. I don’t want to even call them athletes, because they have become friends over the years. We do so many activities with the local Special Olympics athletes that we know them by first name. I asked them if they wanted to come and check it out. But, it’s been a terrific experience for troopers and Special Olympic athletes all together,” Long said.
Long also thanked Butler County Ford and TRC Construction for generous donations, which total in the thousands.
— Butler Radio Network (@ButlerRadio) February 24, 2021