KCC Police Academy, EMS students raising funds for Special Olympics via Feb. 22 Polar Plunge

A KCC Police Academy cadet jumps into a pool during a polar plunge event in 2017.

Kellogg Community College Police Academy cadets, Emergency Medical Services students and KCC employees will take their annual plunge into icy winter waters this month for an event to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan.

The charity jump is part of the annual Kalamazoo Polar Plunge, through which teams and individuals collect donations leading up to a jump in an outdoor pool – often in close to freezing temperatures. The event this year starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo.

The KCC Police Academy, led by team captain and Public Safety Education Director Rob Miller, has fielded a polar plunge team for the past several years, raising approximately $30,000 since 2013. The Police Academy and KCC EMS teams together this year have already raised nearly $2,000 on the way to a $7,000 goal; individuals interested supporting the team can donate online at www.classy.org/team/265783.

The Kalamazoo Polar Plunge is affiliated with the grassroots Law Enforcement Torch Run, through which law enforcement and corrections officers raise funds for and create awareness of Special Olympics Michigan year round.

For more information about KCC’s Police Academy, EMS Program or other Public Safety Education programming at the College, visit www.kellogg.edu/public-safety-education.

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