A polar plunge in Atlantic City on Sunday looks to bring attention to suicide and raise money for those who work to prevent it.

Lauren Washburn began “Freezing for a Reason” last year, focusing on suicide and the especially high rate among those in law enforcement. A family member who was a police officer committed suicide.

Donations will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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“Police officers are looked at as the ones who are supposed to solve the problem,” Atlantic City PBA President Paul Barbere said. “But police are people dealing with their own problems too. That gets overlooked. It’s good to talk about it.”

The Atlantic City and Pleasantville police departments will participate again, joined by groups from Stockton College's Active Minds, West Chester University and Montclair State University, Washburn said.

This year will include Memory Wall where anyone can have their family or friend remembered by sending a picture and name, or just a name to freezingforareasonac@gmail.com.

The event will begin noon Sunday at the beach off St. James Place in Atlantic City. Entry requires a minimum $25 donation. Bracelets will also be sold for $5.

It will be followed by a “Warm Up” party at the Irish Pub, with discounted food, drinks and raffles for prizes.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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