Brewer firefighters take Polar Plunge honors

Chief Gary Parent of the Brewer Fire Department, in the middle wearing a Red Sox T-shirt, jumps into frozen cold Phillips Lake at the Camp CaPella Polar Plunge on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Chief Gary Parent of the Brewer Fire Department, in the middle wearing a Red Sox T-shirt, jumps into frozen cold Phillips Lake at the Camp CaPella Polar Plunge on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Posted Feb. 28, 2012, at 11:19 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 28, 2012, at 1:55 p.m.
Chief Gary Parent of the Brewer Fire Department presents a check for pledges to encourage his jumping into the Polar Plunge to Dana Mosher, executive director of Camp CaPella.
Chief Gary Parent of the Brewer Fire Department presents a check for pledges to encourage his jumping into the Polar Plunge to Dana Mosher, executive director of Camp CaPella.

DEDHAM, Maine — The Brewer Fire Department raised $1,255 in pledges to coax Chief Gary Parent to take the Polar Plunge into frozen Phillips Lake at Camp CaPella on Feb. 5. The pledges were given to Camp CaPella and will sponsor a child with physical or developmental disabilities from the Brewer area to attend camp this summer.

As a result of its fundraising efforts, Brewer Fire Department won this year’s Firemen’s Challenge at the Polar Plunge, and its name will be engraved on a brick to be permanently embedded in the Memories for a Lifetime Garden at Camp CaPella. Fire departments from Orrington, Orono, Old Town and Hampden also raised pledges and firefighters from those towns also took the Polar Plunge.

“From now on, the fire department that raises the most pledges for the Polar Plunge will be awarded an engraved brick for the Memories for a Lifetime Garden,” said Michael Noyes, who organized the Firemen’s Challenge and serves on the Camp CaPella board of directors and fundraising committee.

The Dedham Fire Department Cold Water Rescue Team was on standby at the Polar Plunge and ready to respond if needed.

“We all know that firefighters can take the heat,” said Dana Mosher, executive director of Camp CaPella. “But jumping into frozen cold water shows their amazing courage as well.”

For information about Camp CaPella visit campcapella.org.

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