“We executed this challenge with the help of the Chatsworth Fire Department,” Harrison said. “I issued challenges on behalf of ALS in honor of Coach Bill Napier and in memory of my father-in-law, Gary Harrison, who passed away this year from ALS. I also issued the challenge for the American Cancer Society in memory of my father, Ronald Rush.
“The challenge has been around for a while and possibly began with a firefighter challenging other firefighters to take the ice bucket over the head or donate $100 to the charity of thier choice. Regardless of what charity you choose, it is bringing in donations and raising awareness. The challenges are all over social media so it’s a good thing.
“Our firefighters certainly know just how cold that bucket of water can get,” Harrison said. “But they are great guys and always up for helping in the name of charity.
“I have challenged Murray County Commissioner Brittany Pittman, Rick Zeisig, Chatsworth Fire Chief Mike Baxter, Chatsworth Mayor Dan Penland, Murray County Sheriff Gary Langford, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge and Eton Police Chief Brent Hooper. We will be keeping an eye out. But I think the important thing to remember is that even a small donation helps a great deal. Those small donations add up over a number of people. And if you cannot donate, you can always find a way to volunteer for an organization.
“A gift of time is just as meaningful as a gift of money. So I would like to also challenge residents of Murray County to take the challenge. Have a bucket of ice water poured over your head and see how creative you can be. It’s all in good fun. But it is also spreading awareness and that is important as well.
“The more people know about a disease, the less it needs to be stigmatized. People don’t need to ignore something they don’t understand or are fearful of. Knowledge is power.”