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UPDATE: Thousands raised for Hazard Police Officer battling cancer

By: Matthew Rand, Tanner Hesterberg, Eric Eckstrom, Erika Glover Email
By: Matthew Rand, Tanner Hesterberg, Eric Eckstrom, Erika Glover Email
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: 7-4-14

Thousands of dollars were raised last night for a Hazard Police Officer battling cancer.

Organizers say the 5-K Foot Pursuit raised more than $6,000 for Paul Campbell.

Lieutenant Campbell was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in May.

Campbell had surgery last week and is recovering.

UPDATE: 7-3-14 11 p.m.

More than 200 runners and walkers registered for the Hazard Police Foot Pursuit 5K on Thursday night.

Everyone involved hit the pavement for a good cause, Lieutenant Paul Campbell.

Campbell had surgery for his colon cancer last week and is recovering. He was unable to attend the race.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said this community support will go a long way in raising money for Campbell.

"It's just a wonderful feeling of generosity over here tonight," said Allen. "Everybody has come out to contribute their time and their money to help him, so I just feel really blessed to live in this community."

The Hazard Police Department is encouraging everyone to come out for their Rock-n-Rods-n-Bikes car show on July Fourth.

The fundraiser begins at four and runs until nine. Fees are $10.00 per vehicle and $5.00 for spectators.
Folks with the Hazard Police Department organized a charity fishing tournament Saturday at Chris’s Pay Lake in Ary. The purpose was to raise money for Lieutenant Paul Campbell, who is currently battling stage four colon cancer.

At Chris's Pay Lake Saturday….the rules were simple.

“Every hour someone is going to win $100. The first hour is going to be for the biggest fish. The second hour, third hour, fourth hour [and] fifth hour is going to be for the biggest fish, and the last hour is for the smallest fish for that one person who didn't do that great,” says Doug Ashley, one of the event’s organizers from the Hazard Police Department.

But beyond the lures, poles, and catfish is where the real fight is unfolding. Organizers are donating the proceeds to help Lieutenant Paul Campbell of the Hazard Police Department as he continues his battle with cancer.

“Whenever something happens to one of our own, we take special care of them and try to take care of them as much as we can,” says Elvin Hendrix of the Hazard Police Department.

That care, organizers say, is expected to come in the form of approximately $2,000 Saturday from entry fees. This is one of many efforts planned to help Campbell, and his colleges say the response from the community so far has been amazing.

“It means everything. I mean it shows our community really does care...I mean to step up and show that they really do appreciate what we do and what we stand for is unbelievable,” Ashley Said.

Organizers say those interested in helping efforts for Lieutenant Campbell should contact the Hazard Police Department.



An Eastern Kentucky police officer battling cancer got some help Thursday night. And it arrived on two wheels.

More than 20 bikers paid a visit to Hazard Police Lieutenant Paul Campbell, who was diagnosed with colon cancer last month.

Every Thursday is Bike Night at Applebee's in Hazard, but this particular Thursday is a little different.

"My husband and I just recently purchased a motorcycle and started coming to bike night and we've been wanting to do something for Lt. Campbell," said Jessica Holcomb, who helped organize the ride. "And thought, why not put together a charity ride before Bike Night?"

The bikers road all the way to Campbell's house and presented him a flag signed by each of them.

"We really appreciate the outpouring from the community and different organizations that's come forward to really support Lt. Campbell during this time period," Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said. "I know he's given so much to the community and glad it's given back some to him."

Some of the bikers didn't even know Campbell, but just wanted to help out a fellow Eastern Kentuckian.

"It's just part of being from Eastern Kentucky," Holcomb said. "We're all one big family. When one of ours is sick, we take care of each other."

Organizers of the bike ride raised around $350 to help Campbell with medical bills.

He will have surgery June 24th.

Update 6/4/14:

Hazard Police Lieutenant Paul Campbell continues his fight with stage four colon cancer.

The police department recently organized a couple of fundraisers to help with Campbell's expenses, and several soggy members of the community are stepping up to help as well.

The Hazard Police Foot Pursuit 5k is set to take place July 3rd, with a car show to follow July 4th.

Deputy Police Chief Joseph Engle says 30 people have already signed up for the run, and he expects a lot more to register by race day.

"Sometimes as a police officer you feel like the whole world's against you, but it really feels good to know that your community cares about your police officers," Engle said.

Engle says the community support for Lieutenant Campbell has been overwhelming, and now that support is spreading to social media.

Several people have posted videos of themselves on Facebook taking the "cold water challenge."

It goes like this: if you brave the icy water, you give ten dollars to help Paul Campbell.

Chicken out, and you have to give 100 dollars.

"It's just everybody's way to show support for Paul, and a way to get involved and have some fun with it too, so it's really picked up some steam and it's going strong," Engle said.

Engle says Campbell has a long road ahead, including surgery and other treatments, but remains in high spirits.

"He always tells me 'There's no way I can repay these people for what they've done for me,' and I say 'Paul, you don't have to. It's a gift.' So we're very grateful."

And with the good will of the community, Engle says Campbell is ready to fight his cancer head on.

The last day to pre-register for the 5k is June 20th.

People that pre-register are guaranteed a t-shirt.

For more information, contact the Hazard Police Department at (606) 436-2222.


Original Story 5-28-14:

A Hazard police officer is in the fight of his life. Now, his fellow officers are stepping up to help.

The Hazard Police Department is organizing a couple of events in July to raise money for Lieutenant Paul Campbell.

"He's just got the best spirit. He's fun, he likes to joke, always playing gags," said Deputy Police Chief Joseph Engle. "You know days when Paul is working it makes it a little more brighter."

Last week, the 31-year-old father of two received the unexpected diagnosis: stage four colon cancer.

"It's pretty much devastated all of us to hear this news, that such a fine young man has to go through this," said Chief Minor Allen.

"Now, fellow officers are doing what they can to help Campbell and his family, by organizing a car show and a 5k run.

The "5k Foot Pursuit" will take place July 3rd in downtown Hazard, with the car show to take place the next day as part of the town's Fourth of July celebrations.

Allen invites everyone to come show their support.

"Whether they just walk or run or, I don't care what car it is if they just want to bring it down here, it's all in an effort to help Lieutenant Campbell," Allen said.

"You know, fighting cancer's hard enough to worry about your health, let alone your finances, so we just want to take care of him as best we can," Engle said.

Officers say the Hazard PD is a family, and they will stand with Campbell in this dark time.

Registration for the 5k race begins at 7:00 p.m. and the race begins at 9:00 p.m. The cost of registration is $20.00 in advance or $25.00 the day of the race. For more information contact the Hazard Police Department at (606) 436-2222.

The Rock-n-Rods-n-Bikes car show runs from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fees are $10.00 per vehicle and $5.00 for spectators. For more information contact Keith at (606) 438-9992.

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