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Ballwin team chills out for Special Olympics

Ballwin Polar Bear Plunge team members include [from left] Police Chief Kevin Scott, Assistant Chief John Bergfeld, Chris Hyland, Assistant City Administrator Andy Hixson, Mayor Tim Pogue and James Boyd

 Five hearty members of the Ballwin city employee team were “freezin’ for a reason” when they plunged into Creve Coeur Lake Saturday, Feb. 23.

The occasion was the annual Polar Bear Plunge, one of several such events around the state held to raise funds for the Missouri Special Olympics. 

But the Ballwin team wasn’t alone. More than 500 others also braved the frigid waters. 

Polar Bear Plunge participants didn’t waste any time exiting the frigid Creve Coeur Lake.

Although the temperature was in the high 40s, a brisk wind and intermittent pelting rain made it seem much colder.

With Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott and Mayor Tim Pogue leading the way, the team also included: Assistant Chief John Bergfeld; Andy Hixson, assistant city administrator; James Boyd, recreation manager at The Pointe; and Chris Hyland, building inspector.

The Ballwin team entered in the law enforcement category and was leading that division with more than $4,700 contributed by friends, relatives and fellow employees. A Missouri Special Olympics spokeswoman said the total amount raised was expected to be in the $90,000 range.

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