Deputies Shave Heads to Support Co-Worker with Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputies — like many law enforcement agencies — is again joining the #PinkPatch trend, swapping out their traditional uniform patches for rosier-hued versions, and changing the profile pics on their social media.

A few deputy sheriffs, however, wanted to take things just a little bit further.

One of their co-workers is Mary Jane Moore, a jail service technician at the Clackamas County Correctional Facility for nearly 14 years. In a social media post, the sheriff’s office called her a “friendly and extremely helpful part of our team.”

Earlier this year, Moore took time away from work to undergo treatment for breast cancer. She recently returned and, happily, the CCSO reports that her cancer is now in remission.

She returned to work last month. But to show their support and solidarity — and to celebrate with her — a handful of deputies assigned to the jail reached out to The Barbers at 1416 Molalla Ave. in Oregon City for a “head-shaving party.”

Though several jail deputies took part, few sacrificed more greatly than Deputy Hernandez. Just look at those wavy locks.

The deputy declined to go to the skin — opting instead for the “induction cut,” a shave by electric clippers with no guard, so named because of its reputation as the haircut given to new recruits who enter the United States military.

Perhaps he wanted to get a slight head start (pun, as always, intended) on growing it back.

The sheriff’s office later posted a time-lapse video on Twitter that showed the deputy’s dramatic transformation.

It’s a very different look, to be sure, but Deputy Hernandez seemed pleased with the change.

Moore and her doctors discovered her cancer early, which she credits to awareness and regular checks — and believes these likely saved her life.

Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month — and ways you can help — from the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month info page.

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