Fight the Fight Chief Benefit this Saturday

January 10, 2018 GMT

MOUNT CARMEL — The community is coming together to help support Mount Carmel Police Chief John Lockhart who is battling cancer for the third time in five years.

There is a benefit dinner and auction this Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Mount Carmel VFW from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

There will be a BBQ dinner provided by Mark and Michelle Wagner, owners of Rub Em Right BBQ restaurant in Mount Carmel. The price of the dinner will be $8. There will also be a silent auction, live auction, dessert auction, 50/50 drawing, kids face painting and Jim Whitten will be providing sound and entertainment. There will be ‘Fight the Fight Chief’ T-shirts, key chains and bracelets for sale. All proceeds will go to help the Lockhart and his family during his cancer treatment.

Auction items include; St. Louis Cardinals tickets, Indiana Pacer tickets, Travis Tritt tickets, gift baskets, gift cards, home decor, autographed San Francisco Giants jersey of Orlando Cepeda, jewelry and Tupperware. If any individual or business has an item to donate call Sandy Keneipp at 812-459-9113.

The police chief learned five years ago that he had Stage 2 Pancreatic Cancer. After having a tumor and 30 lymph nodes removed, he underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Lockhart was told by doctors that he was in remission. However, last year during a yearly scan, doctors learned that there was cancer on Lockhart’s lungs. He would once again fight cancer with chemotherapy and radiation beating the cancer beast for a second time.

Now, a year later, Lockhart began to experience a bad cough and pain in the chest area. Thinking it was pneumonia, Lockhart went to the doctor and after undergoing another scan, learned he now has Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Once again, beginning chemotherapy and radiation treatments to battle the recurring monster known as cancer for the third time in five years.

Through his battles with cancer Lockhart has continued to serve as the Mount Carmel Police Chief. Lockhart has been in law enforcement for 21 years, he became the city’s police five years ago right before the cancer diagnosis.

The police department and city officials have been on this ride with him, supporting him the whole way. “The city has been real good to me. When I’m not feeling well or get tired they let me go home. Being police chief, a lot of my work is administrative so that allows be to continue working while I receive treatment,” said Lockhart. “I will continue to work as long as I can,” he continued.

“You never know what a great place you live in until something like this happens. I could not ask for a better community to live in,” Lockhart said.