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Sunday, March 01, 2009
Time: 8:38 PM

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NOTE: Jack Knapp Jr is the guy in the left and NOT the person the guy in the picture doing the insane belly-flop into the freezing water
photo via News-Times

The craziest Patriots fan in Danbury works the crowd for a good cause.
For a guy fairly new to elected office, Jack Knapp, Jr. sure knows how to work a crowd.

The first thing he did after jumping into Lake Kenosia Saturday?

Shake hands, naturally, while standing waist deep in freezing water.

Knapp was one of about 34 people who took the plunge during the annual Danbury Dip, a charity fundraising event by Danbury Moose Lodge #1373. The dip is named in honor of Knapp's late father.

The jumpers made their way into the water in small groups.

Knapp, a member of the Danbury Common Council, jumped in with his son, John.

Knapp worked the crowd like a pro wrestler while literally standing on thin ice.

"Are we ready?" he shouted, waving his arms in the air.

"Whoooo, whooooo," was the response from the more than 200 shivering onlookers.

The annual dip raises about $20,000 a year for a variety of local charities.

It is the biggest event for the Moose Lodge, located at 75 The Boulevard off Kenosia Avenue.

Although this was a worthy cause, jumping in the freezing water is crazy...and the Patriots still suck (...a little inside baseball humor).

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