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January 6, 2014

Cheers and Jeers: Jan. 6, 2014

CHEERS to members of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department for a very charitable — and somewhat gutsy — gesture last November.

As Sgt. Nicholas Leon, who apparently was one of the brains behind the initiative, explained to us, department members embarked on a no-shave event for the entire month to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which is dedicated to making children healthy again after catastrophic illnesses, such as cancer, at no or little cost to their families.

Here is some of what Leon told us via email in answer to our inquiry: “We have multiple people in our agency with young ones with various medical issues. We can seem to be gruff lawmen, but we are human, too, and have families and babies of our own. It’s unnatural to watch our children deal with such things. So when I saw this event, I had no doubt it was the one for us to support. The event was based on a simple idea that many groups utilize. In November, it starts to get cold, and a lot of men just want to not shave for a bit. St. Jude’s capitalized on this. They set up an event where people would donate a $30 base amount to join. Teams would set up and raise as much as possible.

“The men in our agency, Corrections and Patrol joined under the Sheriff’s Office. We needed Sheriff Favro to give his okay, because he would need to waive the grooming standards,” Leon explained.

“On Nov. 1, we stopped shaving. At the end of the month, we all shaved off our new-found growth. The public had questioned some of us. Our counterparts in other agencies did also. Once they were informed of what we were doing, the comments were pleasant.

“In the grand scheme of things, we were one of only two police agencies to join the No-Shave November to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.”

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