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The Cold Water Challenge

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EUGENE, Ore. — Firefighters in Lane County are taking the plunge in a challenge that’s making a splash across America and flooding social media.

It’s called the Cold Water Challenge, and it raises money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a non-profit organization to assist the families of those killed in the line of duty.

“It’s very nice that they’re able to give support to the family members and honor the firefighters that sacrificed their lives to save others”, said Captain Bob Grand of the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.

The rules of the challenge are simple. Firefighters call each other out on Facebook to creatively immerse themselves in cold water. They have 48 hours to complete the challenge. If they succeed, they donate $10. If they stay warm and dry, they donate $100.

Thousands of firefighters have participated in the US, even Eugene-Springfield Fire Chief Randy Groves.

“It’s good fun for a worthy cause,” said Chief Randy Groves.

So far, the challenge has raised more than $150,000; not the biggest money maker of all their charities, but certainly the coolest effort that takes a very warm heart.

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