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West Columbia police embark on hair-raising, cancer-fighting time

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The officers at the West Columbia Police Department discuss which co-workers they believe will have the longest beard. The officers at the West Columbia Police Department discuss which co-workers they believe will have the longest beard.

By Dakota Watson
CAROLINA REPORTER AND NEWS

    The officers at the West Columbia Police Department are doing something they haven’t been allowed to do in years: grow facial hair.

    The department is taking part in “No Shave November” to help raise money for cancer awareness and have some community fun. The national non-profit organization asks those who put down their razors to donate money typically spent on shaving to reduce cancer deaths.

    Cpl. David Myers, head of the community action team, jumped on the opportunity as soon as he heard the idea.

    “It’s a good morale booster for all the officers and it’s also for a good cause," he said. Each participating officer has donated thirty dollars that will be split between the West Columbia Police Officers’ Foundation and no-shave.org.

    "There’s going to be some more impressive beards and some less impressive beards. So, we’re going to see here in about two weeks, who’s got what," Myers said.

    While it is for a good cause, Myers has a personal interest as well because he has seen the ravages of cancer up close. 

   “Well, I have a friend of mine that I’m going to Florida tomorrow to see, who is probably not going to make it much longer,” Myers said. Myers said it’s important to do things like this for the community and his team of officers.

    “A lot of the things we deal with in this line of work are not light and fun, so maintaining a sense of humor, and keeping a good finger on the pulse of the morale throughout the department in important," he said.

    According to the “No Shave November” website, the month is designed to raise awareness for cancer, by donating the money you typically use on shaving to help save a life.”

    Myers hopes it helps people see them as humans, who are just trying to make their community a better place.

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