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A Stertil-Koni Tradition Takes on a New Look


The Maryland State Police Polar Plunge, an annual tradition for Stertil-Koni employees and friends, took on a new look amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a normal year, the Polar Plunge hosts hundreds of corporate teams, schools, and individual plungers, all diving into the frigid Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Maryland.

But this has been anything but a normal year.

In an effort to encourage social distancing, the Polar Plunge cancelled the beachside party and encouraged Plungers to find creative ways to plunge from their homes or offices. 

Stertil-Koni's plucky team of 18 Plungers wasn't about to let this change dampen their spirits. Kevin Hymers, Director of Operations and CPO (Chief Plunging Officer!), enlisted the help of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. The KIVFD was more than happy to help, arriving at the Stertil-Koni headquarters with a ladder truck, a tanker truck, and a crew of firemen eagerly awaiting the opportunity to douse the team. As the wind whipped, the Stertil-Koni team ran through the water gushing from above. Keep it a secret, but it wasn't as cold as the bay!

Special thanks to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department for helping Stertil-Koni keep our tradition alive. To learn more about the Maryland State Police Polar Plunge and its cause, the Special Olympics of Maryland, click here.

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