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SLU 200: DPS Takes the Plunge Into Icy Waters for a Good Cause

Officers from Saint Louis University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) did their impressions of Kali, St. Louis’s beloved polar bear on Saturday, Feb. 24, to raise funds for the Special Olympics while contributing hours to SLU’s 200-Years-in-One-Year bicentennial service challenge.

DPS Polar Plunge

Members of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) including Chief Jim Moran (left) did their impressions of polar bears by taking a dip in frigid waters to benefit the Special Olympics. Submitted photo

The officers and Chief Jim Moran jumped into the frigid waters of Creve Coeur Lake as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a series of events that supports athletes of the Special Olympics.

DPS Polar Plunge participants
(From left) Officers Sean Polley, Steve Roy, Chief Jim Moran, officers Henry Owens, Johsiey Litherland and Zachary  Bernard, just before taking a chilly dip in Creve Coeur Lake on Saturday, Feb. 24. Submitted photo

The team raised $1,415 for the cause.

The team included Chief Jim Moran and DPS officers Henry Owens, Steve Roy, Johsiey Litherland, Sheila Hatcher, Sean Polley, Zachary Bernard and Timothy Allen.

DPS has taken part in the plunge for three years. This year, in honor of SLU’s bicentennial, the team logged 27 service hours for the 200-Years-in-One Challenge.