Monday, January 30, 2012


Upper Marlboro, MD… Seven members of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, including Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer, took to the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay last Friday for the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park.

Friday’s event launched the first Law Enforcement (only) Polar Bear Plunge and Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputies joined approximately 2,500 fellow law enforcement officers to support the Maryland Special Olympics. Members of the Sheriff’s Office raised over $1,000.00 in just 48 hours.                 

Sgt. Shawn Davenport, who has participated in each of the 16 plunges, said “In all the years I have participated in this event, this year’s was by far the warmest – the warmest day, the warmest water temperature, and especially the warmest crowd.  The people who showed up to participate and give their support were so kind and generous, making it all the more worthwhile.”

Colonel Palmer said “It was wonderful to see such support from law enforcement throughout the state for Special Olympics.  I was very proud.”

Several members of the Sheriff’s Office also returned to Sandy Point State Park on Saturday, January 28 to take the plunge a second time, joining approximately 15,000 other supporters.

For more information contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at 301-780-2773.

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