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Polar bear plunge, 2004

Posted on December 28, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Steam rose off Lexington police officer Mike Sweeney after he came out of the water at the “Polar Bear Plunge,” held Jan. 31, 2004,  in front of the Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road in Lexington. The event, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, allowed participants to raise money and jump into a swimming pool of near-freezing water. The water temperature was 35 degrees and the air temperature was 6. More than 200 people signed up to take the plunge. Sweeney was cheering for fellow officers as they jumped. Click on the photo for a larger image. Meteorologist Chris Bailey said Lexington is enduring the coldest winter stretch since the winter of 2013-14. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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