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Fishing Derby Aids Slip Amo's Comeback

BY DAVE SHEA

Jerry "Slip" Amo has been hit hard many times in his life in athletics making tackles in football, boxing out under the boards in basketball and blocking the plate in softball and baseball.

And he always bounced back.

The retired correctional officer is currently on the comeback trail from being hit with a major health crisis which required two heart surgeries with two surgeries to come.

On Saturday his fellow correctional officers, family members and friends hosted an ice fishing derby to raise funds for the expenses incurred in recovery. The derby's weigh-in was held at the Moose Lodge and once again members of the lodge stood tall as the host of a community service project.

"I have a ways to go but I am coming along well. I can't say enough for the support I am getting," said Amo.

His family shares his gratitude.

"That moment you realize your dad is a legend. I can’t thank everyone enough for everything they have done for my family. It is all greatly appreciated. Like I said yesterday, there isn’t a single person in this town who doesn’t know my dad, and like my brother told him last night...”dad do you see this, do you know what all this means. This means you’ve created a legacy, your a legend...” and that couldn’t be more true," said Jenna McDonald in a facebook post.

Thank you Wes McDonald, Frank Barr and Steve Barr and everyone else who helped out to put this benefit together for dad. Thank you to the Moose Lodge for hosting, and thank you to everyone who came out to support my dad. He gets stronger everyday, but he still has a long road ahead of him. Two surgeries down, two to go - and he’s gonna kick ass and take names along the way"

And there will be countless people in his corner.

Slip Amo, sitting with Jace LaRue, Jenna Amo and Kelly Amo accepts over $3900 raised during an Ice Fishing Derby to aid his recovery from surgeries from an ice fishing derby on Saturday organized by his fellow correctional officers. Standing are correctional officers Andy Cox and Frank Barr, Josh Amo and correctional officiers Wes McDonald, Steve Barr and Chris Showers.

Merrill Bresett, second from left, is presented with the first place trophy for a 9.25 pound Northern Pike caught at Wheathouse Bay. From left are: Wes McDonald, Bresett, Slip Amo and Frank Barr.

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