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Decatur police have personal investment in No-Shave November

Officer Driggers was diagnosed with a brain tumor, leading his brothers in blue to try raising funds for his care. (Source: Decatur PD) Officer Driggers was diagnosed with a brain tumor, leading his brothers in blue to try raising funds for his care. (Source: Decatur PD)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Take a good look around at some of your area police officers these days, and you'll note that there's something fuzzy going on.

Chris Jones is Captain of the Operations Division of the Decatur Police Department. He says the usual rule regarding facial hair is simple.

"Your face has to be clean shaven," he said. "They are allowed mustaches. We have to keep the hair trimmed around the ear. The mustaches have to be a certain length. They can't go down past the corners of their mouths."

All those rules have been relaxed through Dec. 7.

And the reason, "No-Shave November," is simple. One of their own, a brother in blue, needs their help. It revolves around officer Josh Driggers. 

"Officer Driggers is employed with us. He's a police officer. He's currently assigned as a patrol officer. Back some time ago he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He's off from work right now and he's undergoing the treatments," said Capt. Jones.

There are a lot of studies that show that interaction with friends and coworkers actually aid in healing.  In this case, hopes are high that this one officer knows he's got a whole department backing him up.

Josh Sloan is an officer helping his friend.

"Josh Driggers and I grew up together, went to the same school in Hartselle," Sloan said. "We both wrestled together at Hartselle.  Known him for a long time.  Talked to him before he hired on at the Decatur Police Department. And I hate that he's going through what he's going through. Any way we can help, I'm all on board for that."

Juan Penuelas is a warrant officer with the city. 

"This is going to go toward an officer and his family. I can actually look in the mirror and know that I did something right," said Penuelas.

Not only will officers participating donate money, but any person who comes in contact with one of the officers from the Decatur Police Department, Madison P.D, Hartselle P.D. or Morgan County District Attorney's office can also donate to Officer Drigger's fund.

It's a gentle reminder of the heart behind the badge, and how much support can mean in times of illness.

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