SANTA FE (KRQE) – A very cold Internet challenge is icing over in New Mexico, all in the name of charity.
The rules are simple. Law enforcement officers from around the country challenge each other online to submit themselves to an icy bath.
“Everybody has to document with a video,” explained Lt. Sean Strahon, of the Santa Fe Police Department.
Each participant must donate $10 to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, which pays tribute to fallen officers.
“I’ve made my donation, we’re ready to go,” said Strahon on Wednesday afternoon.
As fellow officers looked on, one by one, members of the Santa Fe Police Department sat as a colleague poured an entire bucket of icy water over their heads.
New Chief Eric Garcia took his time emptying the icy bucket onto one of his detectives. Even an undercover officer took part while keeping his cover wearing a wrestling mask.
Other officers who posted videos online made it a family affair, and had their kids pour the icy water on their heads, while some performed the act solo. One officer got creative with the soundtrack, and had Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ playing in the background.
Each officer calls out five others to take the challenge.
“I challenge Antonio Salazar, he’s out of Curry County Sheriff’s office,” said officer Andrew Gonzales. “I’m actually calling out my brother who is a deputy in Oregon,” Lt. Strahon said.
Sandoval County Sheriff Doug Wood and his undersheriff Karl Wiese also took part.
The challenge continues to spread.
“We’re all the same family and we all need to take care of each other,” Strahon explained.
Rules are if you don’t respond within 24 hours, the person challenged must donate $100 to charity.
“For those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, this is the least we can do to raise money,” said Chief Garcia.
It’s a small price to pay for a good cause.
Local officers told KRQE News 13 it’s unclear who exactly started this challenge, but a sergeant in Georgia reported seeing it circulate in Ohio, where state wildlife officers would take a “polar bear plunge” into the cold water.