SMITHVILLE — After a month of avoiding the razor, Sgt. Jody Hersh of the Atlantic City Police Department got a fresh shave and haircut Friday.
The first of the month marked the end of the ACPD and Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s “Cops With Beards” fundraiser. Nearly 40 members of the department grew out their facial hair for cancer awareness.
In total, the Police Department raised $3,300 through online pledges and donations for Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s cancer support programs
“We wanted to find a way to get the community involved in putting a focus on men’s cancer during the month of November,” said Caitlin Kaspar, Development Director with Gilda’s Club. “Partnering with police departments for a no-shave event really helped spread awareness.”
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The haircut and straight-razor shave were compliments of the Smithville Barber Shoppe.
“All the barbers donated their time. It’s our way of giving back,” said shop owner Steven Fitzgerald. This year was the second year Fitzgerald and his staff provided the pampering service. He said his shop has also helped with St. Baldrick’s events, where fundraisers shave their heads to raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Hersch was the only officer in the barber’s chair Friday, but he said many of his fellow officers had fun with the fuzzy fundraising challenge.
“A lot of us participated. I was getting used to it,” Hersch said about his beard, “but I’m glad to be getting a clean look ... getting ready for the new year.”