Their job might be hairy at times, and now some members of the Londonderry Fire Department might just have a new look. Local Londonderry firefighters FF/Paramedic Stephen Cotton, FF/Paramedic Jon Camire, Lt David Johnson, Lt Jon Cares, FF Phil LeBlanc, FF Peter DeVoe are sporting mustaches of all shapes and sizes this month to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. Movember raises awareness about men’s cancer specifically testicular and prostate cancer. These two cancers in particular are being linked to Firefighters more and more often due to the exposure at fires and other incidents.
The idea, started by the Portsmouth Fire Department grew through word of mouth and Facebook throughout the New Hampshire Fire community. Cotton stated, “I brought the idea to Londonderry and put it out to the department. I myself have never tried growing facial hair in my 30 years. I thought it would be funny, as I don’t really have a natural ability to do so. Jon Camire on the other hand, can, and has decided to grow these big “chops” on his cheeks which we call a “civil war” style at the firehouse.
Due to safety reasons firefighters typically have a certain style of mustache to wear facepiece masks for breathing air. Facial hair prevents a good seal. This is why the mustache is the preferred style”.
The “Movember” effort involves firefighters working to cultivate the facial hair while soliciting donations from throughout the community. “Movember is being done throughout the United States and in other countries to support this noble cause. If you are interested in donating, check out the Movember Team 422929 website.