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KPD raises more than $75,000 in Polar Plunge

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KENNEWICK, Wash.  --About 370 brave souls plunged into the Columbia River Saturday at noon all for a good cause, The Special Olympics.

Kennewick Police Department, who organized the event managed to raise $75,300 and all the donations are not tallied yet.

Even Police Chief Ken Hohenberg took his 6th plunge. "I actually hate the plunge itself. I hate the cold water and I never look forward to this day but this is a very very noble cause," said the Chief.

He also says KPD has raised the most money for The Special Olympics statewide for the second year in a row.

Pasco Mayor, Matt Watkins was also out in the water today, "Its a little too warm today I was hoping it was going to be a little cooler for the plunge," says Watkins of the 38 degree water.


Several Kennewick City Council members joined in after members raised $500.

KNDU Morning Anchor, Melanie Falcon was emceeing Saturday's event.

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