‘Army of Ants’ Dash raises funds for ailing JPD officer
by Ron Harris
Jun 02, 2013 | 2946 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 100 people turned out to participate in the inaugural ‘Army of Ants’ Dash in support of Jasper Police Officer Anthony Hammond, who is currently battling a rare form of blood cancer. Organizers of the fundraiser say they are hoping to make it an annual event. Daily Mountain Eagle photos - Ron Harris
More than 100 people turned out to participate in the inaugural ‘Army of Ants’ Dash in support of Jasper Police Officer Anthony Hammond, who is currently battling a rare form of blood cancer. Organizers of the fundraiser say they are hoping to make it an annual event. Daily Mountain Eagle photos - Ron Harris
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More than $1,700 was raised Saturday morning for a Jasper police officer who’s currently battling a rare form of blood cancer.

The inaugural ‘Army of Ants’ Dash was held at the practice field at Walker High School to raise money for JPD Officer Anthony Hammond. The event, which included a quarter-mile run followed by an obstacle course, drew more than 100 people, according to organizers.

“It was so much fun and for such a good cause,”said Jennifer Williams Smith, a member of the Jasper City Council.”Anthony is such a good person and it was great to help him out just a little.”

Members of the Jasper Police Department, Jasper Fire Department and Walker County Emergency Management Agency helped with the day’s activities and played a big role in the event’s success, Smith said.

Smith said members of CrossFit 205 were instrumental in setting up the obstacle course, and A&E Inflatables in Jasper provided inflatable slides and bounce houses for kids to enjoy.

While the event raised more than $1,700, Smith said donations are still needed and can be made in Hammond’s name at Bank of Walker County.