2019 Beards for Brothers

December 4, 2019

The 2019 Beards for Brothers Campaign presented checks to Firefighter/EMT Andrew Etman, Retired Sergeant Harold Gainer Jr. and A Week Away totaling more than $15,000 dollars!  Officers, Firefighters, EMS and Dispatchers from over 20 agencies across Lancaster and Lebanon Counties participated in this year's No Shave November campaign. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

November 1, 2019

Officers from the LBPD will once again join other Police Officers and first responders from Akron Borough, Annville Township, Columbia Borough, East Cocalico Township, East Hempfield Township, Elizabethtown Borough, Lancaster City, Lancaster County Park Rangers, Manheim Borough, Manheim Township, Manor Township, Millersville University, Mount Joy Borough, New Holland Borough, North West Regional, Strasburg Borough, West Hempfield Township, West Lampeter Township, and Quarryville Borough Police Departments will be participating in a No-Shave November campaign to help raise awareness for Cancer.  This is the sixth year that Chiefs of Police have waived their departments’ facial hair policies and will be allowing officers to grow beards through the month of November.  This year we are proud to be joined by officers and first responders from Lebanon County, as well as, local Volunteer Firefighters, EMS and Dispatchers from Lancaster County, PA.     

Each year Officers select a first responder or organization from the community who is currently battling Cancer, or provides care to those battling cancer.  This year the Beards for Brothers campaign will raise money for Retired Police Sergeant Harold E. Gainer, Jr.  Harold retired after 28 years of service in East Hempfield Township.  Harold served two years in the United States Marine Corp., serving his Country with Distinction fighting in the Vietnam War. Harold was the first ever Lancaster County police officer to be elected as President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #16 and maintained the position for 16 years.  Harold’s commitment to service in unwavering.  Harold is currently the Security Supervisor at the Lancaster General Health Campus where he has been employed for 23 years.  He is deeply involved in the community, specifically Schreiber Pediatrics and was a long-time active board member.   In January of this year Harold was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia.  After several rounds of treatment, it was determined Harold has a rare form of blood cancer which requires weekly treatment to keep the disease at bay.  With the battle ahead, Harold continues to serve the community with the same level of commitment.

We will also be donating a percentage of the money raised to A Week Away (AWA).  AWA is a non-profit organization that “coordinates and funds respite weeks for families who are battling a life-threatening illness, with the goal of providing them the hope they need to continue their fight”. 

As first responders, we swore to serve and protect our communities.  We chose to raise money to support those community members that are fighting the battle against cancer and show them first responders stand beside them.

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