York County deputies get hairy for charity

York County Sheriff’s Office deputies are taking the police moniker “fuzz” seriously this month.

For the first time, the agency is participating in “No-Shave November,” an annual event that involves growing facial hair during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

The No-Shave November website encourages participants – both men and women – to participate and donate money to a cancer-related cause. The York County Sheriff’s Office is allowing all deputies, detention officers and other personnel to participate by donating $20 each, which will go to the York County chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Spokesman Trent Faris said a detective got the idea to participate after seeing other law enforcement agencies in South Carolina grow their mustaches and beards in previous years.

“He was 100 percent on board,” Faris said, referring to Sheriff Bruce Bryant. “We just had to work out some logistics and such.”

On Tuesday afternoon, more than $1,600 had been raised by sheriff’s office employees.

“People are still walking in,” Faris said. “The women who want to get involved, they can wear pink shirts with their uniforms in lieu of the black shirts we usually wear.”

The month-long event will conclude Nov. 30 with a “Pink Out Day,” during which all staff are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer research.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala