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Officers get dunked for charity (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
May 31, 2014 at 12:31 a.m.

Officer Dakota McCarthy is sent into the water of a dunking booth as Dez Bryant Schultz, 3, held by his mother, Nicole, pushes the target outside of Wal-Mart on Saturday. Officers from the Victoria Police Department volunteered to be dunked in the booth to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.

Sitting atop a white bench, his bare feet dangling over a barrel of water, Chris Guerra wasn't too shy about heckling random strangers in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

"Hey, you, I bet you can't dunk me," the Victoria Police sergeant dared a young woman.

Angel Reyna took his bet.

Before heaving a baseball at the bright red bull's-eye, she shouts, "This is for my nephews."

She misses.

"I didn't think I was going to make the first one," Reyna, 21, of Victoria, said. "But the second one - the second one I knew I'd get him."

Reyna stretched her shoulder and hurled the ball, sending Guerra into an ice-cold tank of water - and it was all for charity.

Officers with the Victoria Police Department sacrificed their egos Saturday and volunteered themselves to help the Houston Highway Wal-Mart surpass its goals to raise more than $8,500 for the Children's Miracle Network. The Dunk-a-Cop event brought in a little more than $825, bringing the store's grand total to $9,356, assistant store manager Lorraine Parker said.

Each throw cost $1, and all money raised was donated to the network. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion - most of it $1 at a time, according to its website. The donations have supported research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care at 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Wal-Mart will continue to raise money for the cause at all locations until June 11.

Reyna said one of her nephews was home sick Saturday and that he would have loved to see her dunk a cop, so she and a friend videotaped the event.

"He is going to laugh so hard," she said.

Lines of children and shoppers attended the event, including a few people familiar with the officers.

Destinee Garcia, 12, said Guerra is a family member and dunking him and his "big mouth" was a lot of fun.

She and her friend bought 10 throws, dunking Guerra several times - laughing each time a wave of water exploded around him.

"We had a good opportunity to come out here and help a good cause for charity, and we thought, 'Why not?'" Guerra said. "When else are you going to get to dunk a cop?"

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