Officers from the department are growing beards which they will sport until March 1, 2015 as part of an effort for the Pink Heals program. Each beard grower donated $50 toward the effort. Police Chief M. Smith Tennyson donated $50 on behalf of each female in his department.
City Councilwoman Dina Sweatt upped the ante by pledging $50 per month for every month the Chief keeps his beard.
The effort began October 1 as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Pink Heal effort is a nationwide program supported by police and firefighters.
"We selflessly put the people of our community first in the battle against cancer," proclaims the Pink Heals St. John's Chapter website. "We wear the color pink to let them know we bring Love & Hope to communities around the country in the form of Pink Fire Trucks and patrol cars."
"These men and women honor those who can no longer fight, stand with those who can fight and inspire those who watch."
Pink Heals was launched in 2012. For more information about the chapter go to sjcpinkheals.com.