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Firefighters shaving ‘stache for men’s health awareness

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Brian McBride
It’s about to get a little less hairy in Osceola County.
In an inaugural event, firefighters from the Kissimmee Fire Department, Osceola County Fire Rescue and St. Cloud Fire Rescue will come together Nov. 26 at the Red Dog Pub to celebrate Movember by shaving their mustaches.
Movember, a word derived from the Australian-English word for mustache, “mo”

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From left, Kissimmee Fire Department Lt. Tony Isenberg, Kissimmee Fire Chief Jim Walls, Osceola County Fire Rescue Lt. Robert Clark and Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedic Tom Quay are just some of the firefighters who are growing out their mustaches for Movember.

and November is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.
On Nov. 26, firefighters from the three agencies who have chosen to grow mustaches, can choose to have them shaved by a barber at the pub, 2948 State Road 535, while helping to raise money for the Movember Foundation.
“It’s just to raise awareness to men’s health,” Kissimmee Fire Chief Jim Walls said.
There will be a couple of bands playing during the event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food and drink specials and a contest for best and worst mustaches.
“We hope to get a good draw from all three departments. If the fire marshal has to show up because there is too many people there, the more the better,” said Osceola County Fire Rescue Lt. Robert Clark in jest.
But the event is just not for firefighters.
“It’s family-friendly, bring the kids as well,” said county firefighter/paramedic Tom Quay. “Anybody from the public is welcome to come.”
The Osceola FD Benevolent, an organization, which helps firefighters and their families in need, is hosting the event. Fighter T-shirts representing each respective agency will be sold, as well as mustache finger tattoos, with the proceeds going to the Movember Foundation.
“As far as firefighters, one of the biggest problems we have right now is cancer and heart problems,” Clark said. “Coming up on the back side now is PTSD and suicide.”