Pound 4 Pound Powerlifting Benefit raises funds for family of fallen officer

Ashley Flannery takes the bar to squat 355 pounds.

The 2018 Pound 4 Pound Powerlifting Benefit at the Pikeville YMCA Saturday raised more than hundreds of pounds of thick metal plates, it raised money and support for the family of fallen Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton.

Raising more than $1,000, 27 weightlifters faced off against each other to test their strength for a good cause.

“This is our third event,” said Pound 4 Pound organizer Jamey Kidd. “We have a lot of great lifters who have come out to support Scotty’s family.”

The “Top Cop’ category winner was Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Oran Smith, who lifted a total of 2,000 pounds; 750 pounds for his best squat, 700 pounds for his best deadlift and 550 pounds for his best bench press.

In the men’s category, the overall winner wasJordan Jarrell, who lifted a total 1,815 pounds; squatting 650 pounds, bench lifting 445 and 705 in the deadlift.

The winner in the women’s category was Tara Damron who lifted 980 pounds total; squatting 390 pounds, bench pressing 185 pounds and dead-lifting 405 pounds.

“There is no way we could have done all this without the help of our sponsors, Walters Auto Group, Jones Oil Comany, Pepsi and T-D Sporting Goods,” said Kidd. “We would also like to thank everyone who chipped in to help us put this event together and all the businesses who donated prizes.”

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