Polar plungers brave cold for dip in Lake
Sunday, February 26, 2012
In reality, they are brothers in law enforcement, fighting crime and assisting in keeping their county safe from harm.
However, at Saturday’s 17th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge, Garrett Meyer and John Wheeler were on the other side of the law. The pair plunged into the 32-degree water of Public Beach No. 2 at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Osage Beach along with about 600 other participants who helped raise thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Missouri.
Both Meyer and Wheeler work for the Cole County Sheriff’s Department and enjoyed raising money for what they feel is an important cause. In fact, Wheeler raised $1,600 alone toward Special Olympics Missouri. He also played big brother to Meyer, “Jake,” in prepping him to take the big dive and know what it is like to be “freezin’ for a reason.”
“This is my first time plunging,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be cold, but I’m glad I’m doing this and excited to be a part of this event.”
Jake and Elwood weren’t the only ones to make an appearance this year to the annual event.