Westfield police growing beards to raise cancer awareness

Westfield, Ind.-  You may notice more men with facial hair this month.

That’s because it’s “No Shave November,” a campaign designed to raise awareness about cancer.

This is a cause that’s personal to several officers on the Westfield Police Department.

Detective Scott Clouse died of lung cancer in 2015.

He was part of the Westfield Police Department for nearly 15 years.

Westfield officers are asked pay $30 to grow facial hair during November.

All of that money goes directly to the Relay for Life team detective Clouse started during his three year battle with cancer.

Officials say this is a way for the department to not only raise awareness about cancer, but at the same time pay tribute to one of their own.

“It’s sad, but you move on because that’s what they would want us to do. They’d want us to say what you gotta say about me but get back out there on the streets and help protect and takeover where I left off, “ said officer Mike Wheeler.

Westfield’s Police Chief relaxed the department’s grooming standards so officers could participate In No Shave November.

Officers will be posting pictures off their beard growth throughout the month here.

The goal is to raise at least $2,500 for cancer research.

For more information of how to donate, call 317-804-3200.

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