Officers and firefighters brave the shave

They selflessly risk their lives in service of others for a living. They are the police, sheriffs and firefighters of the Bismarck-Mandan (ND) community. And on March 10, they selflessly gave something else – their hair.

It was the annual Guns n’ Hoses event for the Brave the Shave campaign supporting St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This year the event was held at the Elks Lodge in Bismarck.

Nearly 50 participants lost their locks during the event and $15,533 was raised, more than double the amount raised in 2014. Teams included Team Guns, Team Hoses, Vets and Patton’s Army. Patton is a 4-year-old Brave the Shave honoree currently undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Among the participants were Pat Heinert, Burleigh County sheriff; Gary Schaffer, Burleigh County lieutenant; Dan Donlin, Bismarck police chief; and Luke Teagle and Josh Eldridge, Bismarck firefighters; and Patton’s siblings.

Check out photos from the event.

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Team Patton’s Army kicked off the Guns n’ Hoses event. Patton (standing at center) received extra support from his sister Lille (front on floor) who also shaved during the event.

Patton's sister Lille told emcee Mike Eggl that she will shave her head if the crowd raises $3,000. "I like your thinking," Eggl said.

Patton’s sister Lille told emcee Mike Eggl that she will shave her head if the crowd raises $3,000. “I like your thinking,” Eggl said.

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Bismarck firefighter Josh Eldridge lost his locks during the Guns n’ Hoses event March 10.

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Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin raised nearly $3,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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Burleigh County Sheriff Pat Heinert raised nearly $1,000 for Team Guns.

There are still events upcoming. Tonight, March 12, is the Brave the Shave night with the Bismarck Bobcats.

Then on March 13, the main event, Brave the Shave 2015 will be held at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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