ALS ice challenge personal for Harrison patrolman
When Harrison police Patrolman Ken Hanzlik agreed to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he wanted to do it big.
He figured he couldn't get much bigger than having about 300 gallons of water — combined with five 22-pound bags of ice — dumped on his head from the bucket of a Ron Gillette Inc. front loader.
But just in case, Hanzlik had a Citizens Hose Fire Rescue engine squirt him in the face with its powerful deck gun hose.
“They really cracked me in the face with the water,” a drenched Hanzlik said as he stood in a large puddle in Citizens Hose's Burtner Road parking lot Tuesday evening. “I'm soaked. I've got water in my boots.”
Hanzlik, 42, of Harrison said his weightlifting partner Roudy Wall issued the challenge, which encourages participants to dump ice water over their heads and post the event on the Internet to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
The neurodegenerative disease damages nerves, leads to loss of muscle control and paralysis, and death.
Hanzlik said he took the challenge in memory of his uncle, Jay Jordan of Harrison, who battled ALS until his death at 75 in 2009. Jordan was a 51-year member of Citizens Hose and worked at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison and the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum.
Hanzlik struggled to hang on to a large photo of his uncle laminated on poster board as he was deluged in water.
“He's doing it with me,” Hanzlik said. “Jay was such a joker. To inform people of the disease, and to do it in way you could laugh about it — he'd love this.”
Hanzlik issued the Ice Bucket Challenge to five others. Four are fellow Harrison police officers Sgts. Mike Ropelewski and Brian Turack and Patrolmen Chris Cottone and Chris Burns.
The fifth person was Ryan Shazier, the rookie defensive linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers who made his team debut at Saturday's preseason game.
However, it appears Shazier already accepted someone else's challenge: On Sunday, video of him under an ice bucket were posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
“Don't make me come for you,” Hanzlik mock-threatened the men he challenged.
Liz Hayes is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ tackles New Kensington eatery
- West Deer prayer garden is work of 17-year-old Scout
- Tarentum Eagles event aims to help the hungry
- Alle-Kiski Valley PSSA assessment scores higher than state standards
- Zoning hearing board mulls family’s plan for Allegheny Township stable, academy