PHOTOS: HCPD officers take a frigid dip for a good cause

A group of Hyattsville City Police Department officers — including Chief Holland and his daughter Desiree, who is a Special Olympics athlete — participated in the Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 25. Photo courtesy of HCPD

By KRISSI HUMBARD — What better team-building exercise is there than to jump into freezing water together? Twelve Hyattsville City Police Department officers waded into freezing water to raise money for Maryland Special Olympics.

The HCPD officers joined officers from nearly every police department in the state for the 2018 Police Plunge into the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park on Jan. 25. The participating officers were: Chief Douglas Holland, Capt. Awad, Lt. Alexander, Lt. Don Bullian, Lt. Purvis, retired Lt. Scott Dunklee (PGPD), Sgt. Nemser, Sgt. O’Hagan, A/Sgt. Ratty, Cpl. Denault, PFC Ramirez, and Officer Mathews. Desiree Holland, a Special Olympics athlete and Chief Holland’s daughter, joined the plunge with Emma, Officer Mathew’s daughter.

The HCPD team raised $1,250 to help support the 7,549 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Donations are still being accepted and can be made on the team’s Plunge site.

The participants came out soaking wet and freezing, but happy  to have supported a good cause — and the chief’s daughter.

Check out this video of the plunge, courtesy of Sgt. O’Hagan.