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Cold Water Challenge Going Viral

Reported: May. 30, 2014 11:53 AM EDT
Updated: May. 30, 2014 4:31 PM EDT
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DANVILLE, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- There is a challenge taking social media by storm and it is reaching the Mountain State.

The Cold Water Challenge has been successful and so far several fire department have taken part, challenging each other to get drenched with wet water for charity.

When a person gets called out, he is challenged to get soaked with cold water and has 24 hours to complete it. If the challenge is accepted, he donates $10 to charity. He is asked to donate $100 if the challenge is declined.

The Danville Volunteer Fire Department called out Eyewitness News Reporter Katelyn Sykes Friday morning to take part in the cold water challenge. Its charity of choice is the National Fallen Firefighters Association.

"They do a lot of good things for firefighters families," Danville VFD Lt. Kris Barrett said. "We lose 100 firefighters a year all over the country, and they raise a lot of money for training to make sure everyone stays safe and everybody goes home."

Barrett said the challenge has been going on for a couple of months, but only went viral this week.

"We thought it would be something really fun to do," Barrett said. "We challenged the Racine Volunteer Fire Department, which is the department we run close with and the Madison Fire Department, which is right up the road. And they responded to it. They called out another department. Madison called out some guys in Charleston and the surrounding areas."

After you accept the challenge, you can then call out five people and challenge them. You also can pick the charity of your choice.



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