Airdrie RCMP take plunge for Special Olympics


Braving freezing temperatures and frigid water, three of Airdrie’s finest held their breath and took part in the Alberta Law Enforcement Polar Plunge Feb. 24 in Calgary at Arbour Lake to raise money for Special Olympics.

“In a stroke of questionable decision making, I told Constables Ritchie and Nicolas that if they raised $500, I would do it with them and that I would try to match their donations. They seemed to think I was serious and actively made it happen. Yikes!” said Airdrie Detachment Commander Insp. Kimberley Pasloske.

Pasloke said she only decided to take part a few days before the event. The three Airdrie RCMP members – Pasloske, Const. Kaeli Ritchie and Const. Sylvain Nicolas – raised a total of $1,816 for Special Olympics.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta, which presents the Polar Plunge, has been taking place since the late 1980s and involves much more than just the torch run. Members from detachments across the province also take part in the annual Polar Plunge and other special events to raise money for local Special Olympics chapters.

In Airdrie, RCMP members annually camp out on the roof of Walmart, raising funds through a Free our Finest event. In 2017, the event raised more than $8,000. This year’s event will take place in July – exact dates have yet to be released.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run was initially started by a police officer in Wichita, Kansas, in 1981. More than 85,000 law enforcement officers from 10 Canadian provinces and three territories, the 50 United States, and 46 Countries from around the world now take part in the event which is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics. In 2017, the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $620,000 for Special Olympics in Alberta.

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