Dozens of residents Jog 4 Joe, a fallen Heartland soldier
By Laura Simon
Rain held off for this year's race.
Mon, 26 May 2014 21:33:04 GMT — Dozens of people in the community participated in a 5K to honor a fallen soldier.It was three years ago when Staff Sgt. Joseph Hamski was killed in action while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. For a second year in a row, participants gathered at Greater Ottumwa Park to Jog 4 Joe in the city where he was raised. The race began at 9 Monday morning. His mom, Mary Ellen Winston, says Jog 4 Joe is all about celebrating her son's 28 years of life, and the memory of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. "I think every military family who has had anyone who they have lost to war knows that their child is not forgotten, to know that what they have done was worth it, to know that their sacrifice was important and that you know, we love to hear their name," Winston said. "We want their name to be remembered." Next, all the proceeds raised from the event will go to benefit the EOD Wounded Warrior Foundation and the Fisher House, which provides housing for wounded soldiers of any branch of military. Joe served in the U.S. Army.
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