Woodridge police are freezin’ for a reason

More than $17,000 raised for Special Olympics Illinois

The Woodridge Police Department was freezin’ for a reason last month when they participated in the SUPER Plunge event to support Special Olympics Illinois.

The SUPER Plunge, which stands for Some Unbelievable Plungers Enter Repeatedly, is a fundraising event in which participants raise donations in exchange for jumping into Lake Michigan once an hour for 24 hours straight. Participating Feb. 20-21, the Woodridge team raised more than $17,000 through their efforts, and 56 total participants raised more than $200,000 to benefit Special Olympics.

Team captain Daniel McIntyre leads the efforts to coordinate numerous fund raisers within Woodridge to help raise awareness, funds, and support for the Illinois Special Olympics through the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run. “The village has a very dedicated set of employees who work to serve the community every day,” Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham said. “But those same employees regularly go above and beyond in trying to help others through numerous charitable and philanthropic activities.”

Recently, the Woodridge Police Department and McIntyre were recognized with the 2014 Flame of Hope Award by Special Olympics Illinois for the spirit, determination, and dedication to the LETR.

“I’m proud of the Woodridge Police Department Team and their efforts with this most recent event to support Special Olympics Illinois.” Cunningham said.

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