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Allen receives hometown support
A local woman is spearheading an effort to show support for Army Sgt. Chaz Allen and his family after the soldier stepped on an explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.Allen lost both his legs earlier this year while on a routine patrol.The local resident, Demetria Hale, is the childhood friend of Allen’s wife, Jessica, who is formerly Jessica Collins. Hale’s effort has reached around the globe.“I wanted to do something to show how thankful I am for everything they do for us,” said Hale of the concept which led to what is now Team Allen. “When I saw on Facebook he had been wounded, I talked to Jessica and that’s when the idea of Team Allen came up.”Jessica, the daughter of Mike and Kathy Collins, grew up in Warren County and graduated from Warren County High School.