Each year Law enforcement officers from across the county participate in a No-Shave November fund raising campaign to help raise awareness for Cancer as well as help a first responder or first responder’s family member who is battling cancer.  This is the fifth year that Chiefs of Police have waived their departments’ facial hair policies and allowed officers to grow beards through the month of November.  This year we were joined by local Volunteer Firefighters, EMS and Dispatchers from Lancaster County, PA.  

Today, Beards for Brothers presented check to Officer Wendell Metzler of New Holland Borough Police Department and “A Week Away.”

Officer Wendell Metzler is a 25-year veteran of law enforcement, was a Volunteer Firefighter for 23 years and an Emergency Medical Technician for 7 years.  In June of this year, Wendell was on vacation with his family when he was rushed to the hospital in extreme pain.  After intense testing it was determined, Wendell had stage four Melanoma cancer with tumors all over his body.  Wendell has undergone numerous radiation treatments and is currently receiving aggressive immune therapy treatments to battle this disease.  Wendell has been unable to serve his community and the costs to battle this disease are mounting.   

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”.  

Law Enforcement agencies that participated included Akron Borough, Columbia Borough, East Cocalico Township, East Hempfield Township, Elizabethtown Borough, Lititz Borough, Lancaster City, Lancaster County Park Rangers, Manheim Borough, Manor Township, Millersville University, New Holland Borough, Southern Regional, Strasburg Borough, West Hempfield Township, West Lampeter Township, and Quarryville Borough Police Departments.

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.