PORT JERVIS The fifth annual Polar Plunge in Port Jervis took place on Saturday morning under perfect conditions, according to both participants and event organizers. This year, instead of walking on river rocks, participants were walking on sand due to the high river levels that extended onto the beach and temperatures that were close to fifty degrees.
The Port Jervis Recreation Department organized an event on January 13 that brought people to West End beach for a cold plunge in the Delaware River. Attendees included individuals, families, friends, and members of local organizations. The city’s recreation department has staged the Polar Plunge Freezin’ for a Reason event every winter. Its objective is to raise money for the Special Operations Team of the Port Jervis Fire Department while offering a pleasant outdoor sport.
Every year, John Faggione, the director of PJ Recreation, and firefighter Tim Simmons, the first lieutenant of PJFD’s Water Operations Team, chair the event. Simmons gave recognition to everyone who took part in the yearly activities.
According to Simmons, we had a good number of new participants in addition to those who participated annually. We are truly grateful for everyone’s support.
While some individuals entered the sea alone, many more did so in groups or as families. A few people risked the sea twice or thrice.
Wanting to help the cause, nine-year-old Skylar Delellas paid the $25 registration fee on her own using money from her birthday. Ryder Scott, who turned twelve on Saturday, attended on his actual birthday. Along with his father Sean and brother Ryder, nine, he made the leap.
The Scott Family was among many who expressed that they had a great day, despite the fact that the sensation of being in cold water was definitely unusual.
According to Hunter, it felt like little needles piercing our legs. However, it was enjoyable!