STEVENSVILLE, Md., Feb. 23, 2021 When the COVID-19 pandemic
threatened to disrupt The Maryland
State Police Polar Plunge fundraiser recently, a beloved annual
tradition enjoyed by Stertil-Koni employees and friends, the
company knew exactly who to call – their local fire department.
In a normal year, the Polar Plunge hosts hundreds of corporate
teams, schools, and individual plungers, all diving into the frigid
Chesapeake Bay in late January 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 this year, the Polar
Plunge cancelled its beachside party atmosphere and encouraged
participants to find creative ways to "plunge" -- from homes or
Talk about creative, enter heavy duty vehicle lift leader
Stertil-Koni, which prides itself at being a terrific
problem-solver for a North American customer base that includes
some of the largest transit agencies, trucking firms, airlines,
pupil transportation providers, municipalities and even the U.S.
It's a chilling thought, but this plucky team of 18 plungers
wasn't about to let the "new normal" dampen their spirits—or their
And that's why Kevin Hymers,
Director of Operations at Stertil-Koni, 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 firefighters eagerly
awaiting the opportunity to douse the team. As the wind whipped up
late on a Friday afternoon while the temperatures dipped, the
Stertil-Koni team ran through the water raining down from above.
They laughed with glee, or so it seemed.
As Hymers noted, "Our group loves to go 'freezing for a reason.'
A big thanks to the Kent Island
Volunteer Fire Department which not only made it possible, they
helped keep our Stertil-Koni tradition alive and well."
To learn more about the Maryland State Police Polar Plunge and its
cause, the Special Olympics of Maryland, visit PlungeMD.
Stertil-Koni – proud to be a Buy America company -- is the
market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, notably bus lifts and
truck lifts, and proudly serves municipalities, state agencies,
school bus fleets, major corporations, the U.S. Military and more.
Stertil-Koni is distinguished by its extensive distributor network
across the U.S. and Canada –
delivering world-class engineering combined with dedicated local
expertise. The breadth of Stertil-Koni's products meets all ranges
of lifting needs and includes Mobile Column Lifts, 2-post, 4-post,
inground piston lifts, platform lifts, and its axle-engaging,
inground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. The company's
innovative, inground telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT is available
with an optional Continuous Recess system, ideal for low clearance
vehicles. Stertil-Koni USA is
headquartered in Stevensville,
Maryland with production facilities in Europe, The
Netherlands, and in Streator,
Paul Feldman, Stertil-Koni
SOURCE Stertil-Koni USA