Friday, April 19, 2024

Hope Fire Department Makes a Splash

New Jersey State Trooper Michael Sweeney was ready to help any plungers who needed it. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 02/2024.

The Hope Volunteer Fire Department kicked off its inaugural Polar Plunge on Saturday at Swayze Mill Park. Joined by the New Jersey State Police Dive Team and members of the public, the plunge raised funds for the fire department.

If you missed it, don’t worry, you will have plenty of opportunities in the future. 

“We plan to do it every year because it has low overhead and gets people invigorated,” said Hope Deputy Mayor C. John Kruk. 

And the public was invigorated. Matt Correll came prepared with scuba gear and a floatie, excited for his first plunge and to raise money for the fire department.

Plunger Matt Correll is ready to face the icy waters. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 02/2024.

“I’m going to the MetLife Stadium for the Devils/Flyers game later today,” said Correll. “I figured if I came down here and did the Polar Plunge it would make the rest of the day feel warmer.”

Pastor Carla Costantino of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Hope gave a blessing before the plunge and joked she would be available for baptisms at the lake.

Emergency services personnel from Hope, Blairstown and the New Jersey State Police posing before the Polar Plunge.

Kruk thanked the first responders before the plunge and said, “In Hope, we always look for reasons to gather and we want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our emergency services. Thanks to Warren County Communications, Blairstown Rescue, the New Jersey State Police Dive Team, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Department of Public Works. Everyone who comes out to work for the people of Warren County, we’re very thankful for you.”

The Blairstown Ambulance Corps showed support at the Hope Polar Plunge. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 02/2024.
Cybele Tamulonis
Cybele Tamulonis, Contributing Writer

Cybele is a writer and editor with more than 16 years in the publishing industry. An avid reader, you can usually find her with the latest new book release from the local library. She currently resides on a farm in Hardwick with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction specific to New Jersey.