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No-shave police fund-raiser extended

UPDATED Dec. 11: Members of the Arlington Police Department are taking part in a no-shave effort for the third year in a row to support the fight against cancer. It has been extended through December. 

From left in 2019 photo, Sgt. Brian Fennelly, Lt. Ron Kerr and Lt. Brian Gallagher. / APD photoFrom left in 2019 APD photo are Sgt. Brian Fennelly, Lt. Ron Kerr and Lt. Brian Gallagher. 

Through the campaign, announced by Chief Julie Flaherty, members of the department may forgo facial-hair restrictions during November and donate or raise $100 to support cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital

Many Arlington Police Officers have had their lives touched by cancer recently, including retired Lt. Dan Kelly, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment from Mass. General.

"The fight against cancer is one that is very personal for all of us here at the department," Chief Flaherty said in a Nov. 1 announcement. "We are proud to be supporting No-Shave November and one of our retired officers as he battles this terrible disease.

"I invite residents who are able to do so to join us in supporting Lt. Kelly and Massachusetts General Hospital."

The department has set a fund-raising goal of $5,000, but hopes to exceed that to provide even greater support to Massachusetts General Hospital.

The community may donate to the fund-raiser by clicking here >> (
It had raised 7,885 as of Dec. 10.

Anyone who donates to the cause will receive a selfie of an officer showcasing his No-Shave November beard.

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This announcement and public plea were published Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. It was provided by Alia Spring of John Guilfoil Public Relations. A town release reported an update Dec. 10.

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