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Hopkins Hill Fire District Takes 13th Plunge for Charity

Firefighters headed to Narragansett for to participate in Rhode Island's most popular New Year's Day plunge for the 13th consecutive year.

Twenty-four spirited individuals representing the Hopkins Hill Fire District, including firefighters, friends and family members, along with a 30-member cheering squad, were among the masses that spent their New Year's Day charging into near-freezing water at Roger Wheeler State Beach for the 38th Annual Penguin Plunge in Narragansett.

This was the department's thirteenth year participating in the plunge that raises money for Rhode Island Special Olympics. This year, Hopkins Hill had set out to beat 2013's fundraising total of $13,750 - and beat it they did, raising nearly $17,000 for the cause and bringing their 13-year total to approximately $112,000.

As part of their annual tradition, the plungers once again met at Chief Frank Brown's home before the event, joined by their 25-foot tall inflatable penguin - a trademark that makes the group pretty easy to find despite the large crowd.

Back in 2010, Chief Brown explained that he decided to get the department involved in a charitable organization after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"We wear our fire helmets when we plunge not to show that we are firefighters but to pay remembrance and honor for the 343 firefighters that died on 9/11," he said.

Nancy St. Jean January 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Great job all. What a great way to honor the firefighters who perished in the September 11th terrorist attacks while also supporting those with intellectual disabilities. Could not be more proud.
me January 07, 2014 at 08:15 AM
This is wonderful!
Leave RI January 07, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Nice job!!
Luckycat January 08, 2014 at 04:14 AM
Awesome job! Fun for all and congrats on exceeding your goal!

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