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Polar Plunge Raises Money For Special Olympics

(Source: KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Nearly 1,100 people took a plunge in the Allegheny River for a good cause Sunday.

A crazy scene played out over and over on Pittsburgh’s North Shore on Sunday as people took a cold plunge into the river.

The plungers represented several area police departments, the district attorney, Pittsburgh Police, the Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Allegheny County Police and many more.

They were doing it to raise money for the Special Olympics as part of a world-wide event:

Even the caped crusader returned to Pittsburgh Sunday to take a part in the Polar Plunge.

That’s right, Batman jumped in the Allegheny River in an insulated suit. However, for everyone else it was cold.

“It was a little bit cold, first go in, but then you get used to it after about a half a second. And then you’re out,” Pat Rooney from the Mt. Lebanon Police Department said.

“Everybody thinks it’s great. A great cause. Everybody’s willing when it comes to a cause like this,” Aaron Lauth from the Mt. Lebanon Police Department said.

The water temperature was in the lower 30s for the plunge.

The Pittsburgh Polar Plunge raised more than $175,000 for the Special Olympics.

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