Milford PD, community takes polar plunge for fallen Bristol police officers

If you head out to the shore Saturday, you might want to go back inside. But rain, wind, and certainly choppy conditions didn't stop people at Walnut Beach in Milford from polar plunging today.
"It's really choppy today... so we're gonna wing it," said to Milford Police Officers.
Milford police and dozens of residents plunged in the water to raise money for the two fallen Bristol Police officers, who lost their lives in the line of duty in October.
Three Bristol Police officers were ambushed at a home when they responded to a 911 call, and two young officers, Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy, died.  
"We had a couple officers who felt…they needed to do something, raise some funds and show support for the families of the fallen," said Milford Chief of Police Keith Mello.
All money raised will go toward the Fund the First campaign, to support the families of Lt. DeMonte and Sgt. Hamzy. The campaign is endorsed by the Bristol Police Department.
"What started out as a solemn event to commemorate and honor and raise donations for the families for the fallen officers became an event that was a lot of fun and respectful," said Chief Mello.
Despite the rainy conditions, the water temperature at Walnut Beach was approximately 55 degrees. Participants said the experience in the water was worth the reward.
"A couple minutes for us in the cold weather is nothing compared to what these families had to go through," said PFC Marilisa Anania.