Throughout the year, we depend on first responders. In our community volunteer firefighters fight to save people, homes, and animals, often risking their own lives. The volunteers in various rescue agencies leave the warmth of their own homes to provide medical assistance to those in need. The list goes on. What happens when the first responder needs help?
In 2016, Dale Barker founded Believe Northern New York, a 501(c)3, as a way for organizations and people to help those people that help all of us. After a local fire department raised over $17,000 for Barker’s own treatment, he saw the need to help other first responders and their families.
The Believe, NNY mission is to offer financial assistance, education, and support to volunteer firefighters, EMT’s, members of ladies auxiliaries and affiliated members in Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties who suffer from a life threatening illness.
On December 29, The Town of Long Lake is dedicating the funds from their annual Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge to Believe, NNY. Anyone ages 16 (with parental permission) and older may participate, but are required to have a blood pressure check by the Long Lake Rescue Squad.
Registration starts at the Adirondack Hotel at 11 am with the Plunge scheduled for a 1 pm start. This event happens no matter the temperature. In 2017, plungers braved a record-breaking -3º to raise funds for an admiral cause.
Each person or team is required to raise at least $25 to participate while most people compete for one of the many prizes such as Most Funds Raised by Individual, Most Funds Raised by Team, Best Costume for Individual, Best Costume for Team, Best Plunge Technique/Best in Show – Overall.
Rescue Divers are in the water and on shore at all times to provide a safe experience for plungers. Participants are required to wear water shoes and should bring dry towels, dry clothes, and shoes. There will be a warm-up bus parked on the site. Keep in mind, you don’t even need to participate to be part of the action. Donations are always accepted.