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Firefighters Shave Heads and Mustaches to Help a Friend

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BENTON CITY, Wash.--  The mustache is a trait and tradition for many firefighters, but some firefighters in Benton County District 2 shaved their faces and heads.

The men went bald to support a fellow firefighter's wife who is battling breast cancer.  She had just had chemotherapy the day before the Fourth of July.  The holiday is also her birthday and a big traditional District Two holiday picnic.

About an hour before the picnic, the men decided to shave it all off to make sure she didn't feel out of place.  They rushed to the local barbershop, and the hair started coming off.  Then, they went to the picnic with their new hairstyles.

One firefighter says the woman was so happy she cried when she arrived and saw all the bald firefighters. Lance Howell, Assistant Fire Chief for Benton County District 2, said, "I don't think she realized how tight of a family we really are.  We do this stuff for each other all the time.  It's a family thing here."

In total, 17 of the men went bald.  A few others who couldn't bare to part with their hair, at least shaved their mustaches.