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Love is in the "hair"; local sheriff's deputies show their support

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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QUITMAN, TX (KLTV) - In Wood County, love is in the "hair".

"[There's] a lot of hair flying," said Deputy Fortner. 

"We all show our support by, you know, shaving our head," said Deputy Polk.

"[I am] comfy, all except for the itching," said Fortner.

They are showing love for Deputy Shannon Love who's battling stage four lymphoma.  

"I'm scheduled to do some more chemo starting the 20th," said Deputy Love. "It's supposed to be the tough part. So far the chemo I've done has really helped."

Knowing medical care is extremely expensive, co-workers put their heads together.

"Shannon's not the one to look for help," said Fortner. "He's not going to come to somebody and say, 'I need help.'"

"Shannon is a deserving individual of all the help that we can offer him," said Polk.

And, it wasn't all men. Janae Holland got 11 inches chopped off.

"I can wear it as a tail," said Holland. "There ya go."

Some women are donating to Locks of Love in Shannon's name, but then there's some hair that probably can't be donated.

"We had one guy that got a "S" put in his chest because he didn't have any hair to start with," said Holland. "So he wanted an "S" for Shannon and that was the most craziest one. A couple of them shaved their mustaches off."

Bonds were also collected. The total from Tuesday's event was more than $1,200.

"I'm just really grateful for all the guys showing up and doing everything that they did," said Love. "It was actually funny and they were real good sports about everything."

"It is a change," said Polk. "I was somewhat shocked when I looked in the mirror. It'll feel good this summer and it's just hair, it grows back."

The guys said they're even willing to donate their sick time to Deputy Love in case he needs it. 

Though it sounds like a lot, $1,200 is just a drop in the bucket as far as covering Love's costs. If you would like to donate, a fund is set up under Deputy Shannon Love's name at the City National Bank in Quitman.

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