take the plunge!



photos by Katelynn Metz

A piece of advice for first-time plungers: however cold you think it’s going to be, it’s going to be at least twice that cold. So cold you might have to remind yourself to breathe. Literally, your internal dialogue will go: “Inhale.” (NO!!).

Among last year’s plungers was former police chief Tom Ogden, who left Mt. Lebanon to become chief of the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department. Apparently he has since left that post for another position in law enforcement.

But after that first shock, after your nervous system is done yelling at you, it’s lots of fun. Last year, a team of Mt. Lebanon PD officers was among 1,300 people taking the Polar Plunge into the Allegheny River, cashing in on their insanity to raise more than $250,000 for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.

The event was emceed by Steelers Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, and featured plungers in wedding dresses, in kilts, and a team of Super Plungers, who, not content to just take the one dip, dove into the Allegheny every hour for 24 hours before the event.

This year, former Steeler Louis Lipps will handle the mike. Plunge Town, which opens at 9 a.m., four hours before people start jumping in the river, will feature live music, games, and a chili cook-off.

This year’s plunge comes early, December 2, so if you want to donate, or take the plunge yourself, check out
tinyurl.com/bwwmnba for details, or donate to the MLPD team page at tinyurl.com/czwhtcl


If you’ve ever wanted to tell a Mt. Lebanon cop to go jump in the river, this is your chance to make that happen. Go to tinyurl.com/czwhtcl and make a donation.