CHIPLEY - Unless they haven't been on the internet in the past several weeks, it's not likely people in Washington County haven't heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Sheriff Bobby Haddock recently joined the ranks of those accepting the challenge after he was called out by friends Katie O'Neill and John Floyd of Chipley.
According to the ALS Association, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
The "Ice Bucket Challenge" is meant to raise awareness about the disease, with the general rule being those challenged either donate $100 to the ALS Association or get doused with ice water to symbolize the paralysis victims endure. Many accepting the challenge do both.
Sheriff Haddock has now issued a challenge of his own to Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen, and Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson. According to the rules, Haddock's fellow law enforcement friends have 24 hours to comply.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Ice Bucket Challenge had raised $88.5 million.