Sweet Home Police Department personnel turned out in force for the annual Polar Plunge held Feb. 16 in Corvallis. SHPD was the top fund-raiser for the third year in a row, raising $6,920 for the Special Olympics this year. A total of 43 teams showed up for the dip into the 43-degree Willamette River. This year's theme, in case it isn't obvious, was "Wild, Wild West." The team, sponsored by Unified-Keesecker Insurance, included 33 members – SHPD staff, family and friends, along with six local Special Olympics athletes. "Boy, did our officers pull it off or what!" said Community Services Officer Gina Riley, who noted that Chief Jeff Lynn can be seen under close scrutiny, "hiding in the background." Top individual fund-raisers on the team were David Walters ($1,345), Riley ($1,290) and Geoff Hamlin ($1,210). Statewide, the Corvallis event was the second-highest fund-raiser, totaling $56,000, behind Portland ($191,846) and ahead of Medford ($33,330), Bend ($31,792) and Eugene ($25,059).