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Emergency responders county-wide may be sporting beards next month.
Officer A.J. Cramer of the Fulton Police Department said a group of officers in Fulton are vowing to surrender their razors for the month of November to raise funds for a local charity.
"We have a policy where we can't grow facial hair, besides a mustache, and nobody wants that," he said. "So, during the month of November the rule will be bent so we can grow facial hair."
To participate, an individual would have to pay $20. The money raised would ultimately go to a local charity, according to Cramer.
"Proceeds will go to the Super Sam Foundation," he said. "They help kids who are in the struggle of fighting cancer."
So far, 16 officers have stepped up to participate. However, Cramer said he has sent out invitations to each emergency responder unit in the county, and hopes to see participation increase.
"Usually people wait until the last second to sign up," he said. "We're expecting a lot more. We're getting a little participation from everyone. If they're first responder related, they were invited."
This marks the second year county responders will participate in No Shave November, Cramer added.
"Last year, it worked out very well," he said. "It was for a cancer fighting organization out of Columbia. This year, we really wanted to raise funds for a charity closer to home."
For those who wish to donate, and perhaps even participate, Cramer said people could contact Super Sam Foundation or bring a check to the Fulton Police Department.
"If you want to donate, come to the front desk at the police station," he said. "Also, I know Super Sam has a Facebook page where you can donate directly."

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