GALLERY: Locals Take an Icy Plunge for the Kerry Rose Foundation

Polar plunge held at Sunken Meadow Beach to benefit local college student who was killed in a fire last year.


A few dozen brave locals took an icy dip on New Year's Day to benefit the Kerry Rose Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in memory of Kerry Rose Fitzsimons.

Fitzsimons, of Commack, was one of three Marist college students who died in a fire that tore through a student-rented, off-campus house on Jan. 21. The cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation while sleeping. 

Since her death, Kerry's family and friends have created a nonprofit organization in her memory. The organization's mission is to raise fire safety awareness, specifically about fire sprinklers, and disseminate information to college students about their rights in off campus housing, according to its website.

John K Massaro January 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
They're crazy! I get the shivers when the shower goes below "scalding"... :) I'm getting cold just looking at the damn pictures! LoL...
Kim Heil January 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
they are wonderful,brave&amazinghonoring&keeping Kerry Rose's beautiful spirit with us alwayslove our amazing family
John K Massaro January 08, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Brave being the key word. LoL. They all have much more guts than I could ever hope to have that's for sure. It was all for a great cause, though. Nothing better than seeing a community band together for one of it's own... Still, that girl in the polka-dot bikini makes me want to run down there with a stack of blankets...
Stevo January 09, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Very very cool!! I'm getting shrinkage just thinking how cold that water is.


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