Fishermen helping state police trooper battling leukemia

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Nearly two months ago, Kentucky State Trooper Jason VanHook was told he had leukemia.

Saturday, folks took to Laurel Lake doing one of his favorite activities to support him.

Dozens of fishermen began a fishing tournament fundraiser, hoping to win with the biggest fish.

The first place prize, one week on a house boat, ultimately went to Mike Pennington and Jonathan Green.

The prize is valued at nearly $2,000 and paid for entirely out of the Holly Bay Marina's managers pocket.

"He has done a lot of volunteer work for the community," said Holly Bay manager Randy Lawson, "He has helped us down here in situations with the rescue squad, where we needed underwater recovery and he's always been there to help us."

Lawson, a family friend of VanHook, says the police officer and father of two would return that favor in a heartbeat.

"He's always happy go lucky, would give you the shirt off his back," said Lawson, "Would do anything in the world for his community. He's always a giving person and that's the reason we're doing this."

Organizers say the benefit raised more than $1500 for the family.

If you'd like to help Jason VanHook and his family, you can donate at First National Bank in London.

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