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Pioneer Valley police officers wrap up ‘No Shave November’

  • Easthampton Police Sgt. Dennis Scribner, from left, Chief Robert Alberti and Officer Andrew Beaulieu hold a check for $117,000, the amount raised during the November campaign. EASTHAMPTON POLICE DEPARTMENT



Staff Writer
Friday, December 01, 2017

BELCHERTOWN — Area police are wrapping up a statewide “No Shave November” campaign that had officers opting not to shave their facial and body hair to raise money for charity.

“It’s something we can do that projects a positive image and has the community see officers in a different light,” said David Squires, administrative assistant to the Belchertown Police chief. “Officers help citizens daily responding to calls and this is helping them in a different way.”

Ten Belchertown police officers donated about $500 that they normally would have spent on grooming to American Cancer Society in their first year participating in No Shave November, Squires said.

Officer Dennis Fitzgerald first raised the idea for the department to participate in the campaign, spearheaded by the West Springfield Police Department.

The Easthampton Police Department took part in its third annual Home Base First Responder No-Shave November campaign, a program run by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital to help veterans and their families heal from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Yesterday, more than 100 police officers from across the state attended the “No Shave November” shave-off ceremony at Fenway Park in Boston, raising about $117,000 for veterans and their families. In 2016, more than 500 first responders across 21 cities in Massachusetts raised more than $50,000 during Home Base No-Shave November, according to the campaign’s website.

Easthampton Police Chief Robert Alberti, Sergeant Dennis Scribner and Officer Andrew Beaulieu attended the ceremony at Fenway Park.

“It’s an opportunity for us to support our veterans as our communities support us,” Alberti told NBC News. “It gives us an opportunity to give back to our veterans.”

Granby police officers grew out their beards in support of Epilepsy Awareness Month, while Hadley police used the campaign to raise money for prostate cancer.

West Springfield Police urged local police departments to participate in the challenge, partnering with over 60 public safety agencies across the state.

Sarah Robertson can be reached at srobertson@gazettenet.com