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100 people plunge for charity

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YAKIMA, Wash- About 100 people in Yakima were "Freezin for a Reason" Saturday.  They took part in the annual Polar Plunge at Sarge Hubbard Park. 

First in the water was Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin.  Other plungers included local law enforcement and fire departments, schools, hospitals, and soldiers.  The event was hosted by the Sheriff's Office to benefit the Special Olympics of Washington.

"It's important to support events for Mikey [special Olympics participant] and guys like him so they have a chance to compete and feel special", said Sheriff Irwin.

Also plunging was KNDO's Shawn Chitnis

"I was like ‘oh my god' that's so much colder than I thought'. I didn't believe anyone when they said it was this bad. Let me be the first to that ladder", Chitnis recalled.

If you don't believe how cold Shawn was, check out the video.  The water was about 30 degrees. However he did day it was worth it because it was for a good cause.  Event organizers say they expect final donations to total more than $12,000.