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Norfolk sheriff dunked in support of Special Olympics Virginia

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Posted at 7:47 PM, Feb 05, 2021

NORFOLK, Va. - Perhaps you can say the Norfolk sheriff can cross one thing off his bucket list, all in support of Special Olympics Virginia.

It wasn't a dip in the Atlantic, but a bucket filled with cold water being dumped on Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron Friday morning.

What he didn't realize until later was one of his deputies had attached a hose to that bucket, so that chilly water flowed for quite some time.

It's all in support of Special Olympics. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing concerns, there won't be massive crowds running into the ocean this weekend. Supporters were encouraged to come on up with their own version of doing a Polar Plunge.

“This is fun. What a great cause, and I hope everybody got a kick out of this. We have to be leaders in our community; we have to be leaders and try to make a difference, and we do that every day. My staff does that, and I'm so proud of them just participating,” said Sheriff Baron.

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office has raised more than $5,000, the leading law enforcement agency for Hampton Roads and the second highest across the state in support of Special Olympics!

Related: Polar Plungers are 'all in' for a chilly dip in the Chesapeake Bay

And you still have time to support the Polar Plunge. You don't have to take an icy dip - you can donate online here.

The Polar Plunge is the Special Olympics’ largest fundraiser.