Firefighters buzz and dye locks in battle against breast cancer
Searsport — Some may have noticed members of the Searsport Fire Department have a lot less hair than they had prior to Friday night, Oct. 11, and many wore pink t-shirts throughout the weekend to complete their new looks.
It wasn't a desire to start a new trend that brought on the collective change in appearance, rather the department's desire to support a local woman, Darcy Blethen, in her ongoing battle against breast cancer. Blethen is a relative of two Searsport firefighters.
Beginning at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, male members of the fire department volunteered to have their heads shaved while female firefighters stepped up to have strips of their hair dyed pink as part of the fundraiser event.
Volunteer hair stylist Rachel Curtis Leavitt from A Cut Above in Belfast donated her time and skills to the cause, and the clippers were still buzzing at 8:30 p.m., with more volunteers still lining up to either chop off their locks or add a new hue to their 'do.
The first to volunteer for a shave was Searsport Fire Chief Andy Webster.
James Goodwin, an employee at InnerSense screen-printing shop in Searsport, donated his time and talents to print up the pink t-shirts for the event. Goodwin also volunteered to have his hair buzzed off, too.
Searsport firefighter Howard Wells, who spearheaded the fundraiser and purchased the T-shirts, said many local businesses lent support for the benefit.