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NJ Trooper set to take the plunge for Team Caitlyn

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NJ State Trooper James Regan will be getting freezin’ for a reason this weekend when he jumps into the frigid waters of the Delaware River at the Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge.

Trooper Regan dropped by the studio earlier in the week to get word out about the fundraiser. Regan, who is raising money for the Special Olympics on behalf of his daughter and her team , Team Caitlyn, to support Special Olympics events that go on throughout the year.

Caitlyn Regan, who has special needs, was born with a brain injury. James said that over the years, he and his family decided to give back and to help promote Special Olympics, rather than take Caitlyn’s injury as a negative. The Regans continually support groups such as Special Olympics and Give Kids the World.

Five years ago, James began participating in the Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge and for the last four years, has been the top fundraiser. James’ fellow officers and their unions have shown their support for Team Caitlyn over the years. In a true example of the brotherhood of police officers, the head of the Port Authority Police, Paul Nunziato, called in to support Regan’s effort with a $1,000 donation.

Pete Stilianessis, head of the NJSP NCO association and Richie Roberts, President of the State Troopers SOA, joined Regan in studio as well, with Stlianessis, pledging that if they raise $10,000, Pete will take the plunge in a speedo. Roberts however, is hoping to raise $20,000 so that Stilianessis, will NOT take the plunge in a speedo.

For his efforts with the Polar Bear Plunge, Trooper Regan and Team Caitlyn are this week’s #BlueFriday honorees.

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