Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr was one of more than 100 people who jumped into the icy waters of Sloan’s Lake on Saturday as part of the fifth annual Schwartz Memorial Plunge.
The charity event honors Technical Sergeant Matthew Schwartz, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician who was stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base and was killed in January, 2012 in Afghanistan.
Schwartz’s colleagues set up the event to honor his memory and to raise money for families of fallen EOD soldiers who died in the line of duty.
“This is an important event,” Orr said. “F.E. Warren Air Force Base is a vital part of our community. Their family is our family. By participating in the Schwartz Memorial Plunge we are honoring Sgt. Schwartz and all of our soldiers who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.”
Organizers of the annual event broke through the eight-inch ice with chainsaws early Saturday morning and carved out an area for the ceremony. Water temperature was 32.5 degrees and participants wore everything ranging from speedos to super hero costumes.
Most participants chose to simply jump in (including Orr) while a few opted for more stylish entrances into the lake. Of those, cannonballs seemed to be the most popular while one participant appeared to attempt a swan dive.
A spectator, however, said the swam dive looked more like an “octopus falling from a tree.”
All proceeds from Saturday’s event benefit the EOD Warrior Foundation. For more information, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SchwartzMemorialPlunge/