By Matt Montgomery
Piedmont police officer and school resource officer Scott Gibbons bore the 40 degree water last Saturday at White Water Bay in Oklahoma City by diving into the Polar Plunge event.
Gibbons told The Gazette The Plunging Po-Po’s raised $5,000 representing the Piedmont Police Department. His team, The Plunging Po-Po’s is comprised of officers from several police departments including Oklahoma City and Piedmont.
“My personal goal was $1,000 and I beat that by about $700 so I was real pleased with that,” Gibbons said. “The money is what puts the (Special Olympics) winter and summer games on.”
Gibbons said the great thing about the Polar Plunge program is 10 percent of the funds that were raised are directly earmarked for the students in Piedmont. He said the money helps facilitate trips for students and student athletes to go on summer sports outings, and 10 percent of the assessed fees for a summer trip comes from the money generated from the Polar Plunge fundraiser.
“We are helping both the kids in our community and helping the (Oklahoma Special Olympics) games, too.