Sarasota, Florida -- You've probably come across the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Big name celebrities dumping buckets of ice cold water over their heads, all to raise awareness and money for Lou Gehrig's Disease.
On Friday, the Sarasota Police Department took on the challenge with a twist. Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, along with hundreds of others, participated for a different cause -- in memory of the fallen officers.
They poured 67 buckets -- one for each officer who has died in the line of duty this year nationwide. Each person said the name of an officer, then took the challenge.
"This is a way to bring the spotlight onto the men and women that put their lives on the line and never made it home at the end of their shift," said Chief Bernadette DiPino. "I want to thank our officers for their dedication but and their selfless service protecting the City of Sarasota every day," said Chief DiPino.
Officer Dave Kennedy organized this morning's challenge. His last department in Virginia has lost three officers.
After the challenge, each volunteer donated money to the Officer Down Memorial Page. So far, Sarasota PD has collected $150 for the Officer Down Memorial Page in response to this challenge.
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