NORFOLK -- The Norfolk Police Dept. and the Norfolk Sheriff's Office joined the ranks of departments across Hampton Roads that have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The challenge is raising awareness of ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease and money for research to find a cure.
At 11 a.m., Police Chief Michael Goldsmith and his assistant chiefs, with approximately 20 officers and 20 police recruits in attendance, got buckets of ice and water dumped on them
The challenge was issued August 12 by the Hampton Police Department. The Norfolk Police officers involved in Tuesday's challenge took it in memory of Melodie Huffman Joseph, a former Norfolk Police officer who had ALS and died in February.
At noon, Sheriff Bob McCabe, Major Pat Dunn and Captain Joe Baron got "dumped on" for the cause. They also joined in memory of the late Melodie Joseph.
The ALS Association said that, as of Monday, August 18, it has received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time last year (July 29-August 18).