U.P. Police Chief Mike Blair is done swimming for a while…at least until next year.
Blair was one of several members of the local law enforcement community to participate in the Special Olympics’ Tacoma Polar Plunge. He braved the late February cold air and water temperatures to take a plunge into the waters off Owens Beach to support the more than 14,500 athletes in Washington State with intellectual disabilities who compete in the Special Olympics.
Despite spending much of his professional life urging people to make good decisions even when others around them aren’t, he admits he fell prey to “group think” during the Polar Plunge. “Like a bunch of lemmings, we all went into the water,” Blair laughed. “But knowing that our efforts were raising money for the Special Olympics did help take some of the chill away.”
Although he has just begun to regain his normal body temperature, Blair suspects that if asked, he will do the Polar Plunge again. But first he’d like to get an answer to a question of his own: “I noticed that the organizers don’t jump in,” he said, and assuming his role at chief law enforcement officer he added, “I’m a little suspicious of that.”