“It’s a shock,” said Wiggins. “The first reaction is to breath in deeply when you get your head above water. You feel your entire body lock up from the cold.”
Wiggins began his annual plunge for the Special Olympics in 2003. The club he belongs to draws members from law enforcement and the Attorney General’s Office from across the Bluegrass State.
The coldest water Wiggins plunged into saw thermometers at 34 degrees Fahrenheit. “Fortunately we do not spend a lot of time in the water, just long enough to get to the ladder and get back out,” he said.
In his fundraising efforts, Wiggins said that he has raised about $300 for the Special Olympics. His goal is set at $1,000. “Everything I raise goes straight to the Special Olympics,” he said.
“A friend from another law enforcement agency got me involved. It’s a great time. We have fun with other agencies and everyone gets together for a good cause,” Wiggins said.
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