Team Taylor Takes Polar Plunge In North Ogden To Honor Major Brent Taylor, Raise Money
NORTH OGDEN, Utah – It was a chilly dip that will warm your heart.
Fallen Army Major Brent Taylor‘s legacy lives on in many ways and Saturday’s Special Olympics polar plunge in North Ogden was one.
The group has done polar plunges for years around the country to raise money, and two years ago, then Mayor Brent Taylor started one in North Ogden. He even took the plunge.
“We did one length across and then we got out and jumped back in again, but that was after we did snow angels. Which is what we are going to do today,” Councilman Phillip Swanson said.
Saturday, several participants jumped into the ice cold water on a freezing day as Team Taylor to honor the man who started it all.
Team Taylor included some city employees dressed as Thor, Hulk, and Captain American. Councilman Phillip Swanson, Miss Northern Utah Navy Humphreys, and Miss North Ogden Rachel Alder also participated in the fun.
“We are going to do one length for each of his tours in honor of his service,” Swanson said. “There is a little bit of somberness today knowing that Brent would be here today if he were alive, and we miss him terribly.”
While the team had some well-known people, it was his family that rounded it out. His wife Jennie and his three oldest sons, Lincoln, 11, Alex, 9, and Jacob, 7, joined in the fun.
Taylor’s sons at one point asked their mom, Jennie, about her footwear.
“I borrowed dad’s slippers for the event because they are big and warm,” Taylor said.
As the boys and their mom took photos, Taylor told her sons to be “tough like dad” and show off their strength. And in true mom fashion, she removed an egg breakfast sandwich from her son’s hand to get the perfect shot.
The members of Team Taylor also made snow angels to continue the tradition Mayor Taylor started two years ago.
“Too cold. Too cold. I went there and back and got out. But I did a bunch of snow angels,” Taylor said about the experience.
About three to four other teams also participated in the plunge.
Saturday’s plunge raised about $2,200 of the $5,000 goal. If you would like to donate to this special project, you can do that here: https://www.firstgiving.com/event/SOUT/2019-Northern-Utah-Polar-Plunge