'Hunkapotamus' Gainesville Cops Will Do Calendar for Hurricane Irma Relief

Eric Chaney
Published: September 13, 2017

Well, it’s official.

The three “hunkapotumus” officers of the Gainesville Police Department whose Hurricane Irma selfie went viral are going to get their own calendar. 

Night crew officers Nordman, Hamill and Rengering posted a selfie of themselves “getting ready to do some work” the same day that the storm made landfall in South Florida and the female population of Florida responded. 

Three Gainesville Police officers have become internet sensations after posting a selfie during Hurricane Irma.
(Gainesville Police Department)
“The hunkapotumus is a rare, elusive, and mythical creature,” read one comment.  “Here we are lucky to see 3 huddled together in the wake of Hurricane Irma. I'm a well trained hunkapotumus handler. Send them my way and they will be well taken care of.”

“I can say that this group may make it worth while to commit a petty crime on the night shift in Gainesville!” said another.

“Do a calendar, add puppies and I'm pretty sure we can rebuild Texas and Florida,” added another. 

Those were a few of the tamer responses, which topped 145,000 just a few days after the photo went up. Some were downright naughty, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the department. 

“We are dying with the comments,” the GPD wrote in follow-up post. “You've actually made our chief blush with some of them.

But the big news from the department’s update, posted a few days after the original photo?

“There WILL be a calendar.” 

The department said they would try to get a calendar out “fairly quickly” and that all funds raised will go to Hurricane Irma recovery in Florida.

But for all the ladies hoping to head to Gainesville to get “arrested,"  the department has some bad news. 

Officers Norman and Hamill are married - the department said their wives have “enjoyed knowing how millions of women are going crazy over their husbands” - and Officer Rengering, while single, is being placed into “Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program for his safety.”

You’ll just have to wait for the calendar. 


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