$14,000 raised for Special Olympics by Polar Plunge

JONESBORO, Ark. – Even though the temperature didn’t feel quite as arctic as usual for the 2017 Polar Plunge, it was still cold – and the reason behind it all worked out just as well.

This year’s Polar Plunge, held on Feb. 18, for Special Olympics raised over $14,000, according to Jonesboro Police Department and Detective Brian Arnold. 

“I want to say thank you to everyone that help support this great program,” Arnold said in an e-mail. “A special thank you to the men and women who came out and took the plunge.”


This was the first year the plunge had “LIFE GUARDS” on scene, jumping in to help “save people” in the pool.  The Lifeguards/JPD new hires jumped in every time to ensure the plungers were able to get out safely and that no one was left in the pool.

JPD Officers:

  • Cpl. Jason Chester
  • PFC. Bill Brown
  • Ptl. Ryan Crawford
  • Pfc. Heath Loggains
  • Ptl. Cheyenne Jordan
  • Ptl. Colton Brown

JPD Officers/Lifeguards:

  • Kaitlyn Newby
  • Ronnie Crain
  • Jordan Fowler
  • Kelsey Chism
  • Nicholas Carmichael
  • Benjamin Witherspoon

JFD Firefighters:

  • Brian Couch
  • Zach Chester
  • Aaron Burke
  • Bill Vacco
  • Keith Carter
  • Judd Alsup
  • Jeremy Holler


The group of valiant public servants gave up a little bit of their time for a big amount of impact to be made in the community, Arnold said.

Photos courtesy of Paul Holmes, JPD. 

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