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Forest Park police go scruffy or pink for a good cause

From left, Brian Brakefield of Georgia Wounded Heroes, Forest Park police Chief Dwayne Hobbs, Nate Watson of Georgia Wounded Heroes and Detective Jessica Raley. Hobbs and Raley present the men with a $1,500 check raised by male officers who paid to not shave during November and by female officers who paid to wear a pink ribbon on their uniforms. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

From left, Brian Brakefield of Georgia Wounded Heroes, Forest Park police Chief Dwayne Hobbs, Nate Watson of Georgia Wounded Heroes and Detective Jessica Raley. Hobbs and Raley present the men with a $1,500 check raised by male officers who paid to not shave during November and by female officers who paid to wear a pink ribbon on their uniforms. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

FOREST PARK — How much would a man pay to not have to shave for a month?

How about a dollar a day? What if the money went to charity?

That is the scenario all this month as law enforcement officers celebrate No Shave November to raise money to benefit Georgia’s Wounded Heroes.

Forest Park police Maj. Chris Matson said male officers will pay $30 for the right not to shave or pay $30 to keep what facial hair they have. Female officers will pay $30 to wear a pink ribbon on their uniforms, he said.

Matson said the money will support Georgia Wounded Heroes, an organization that supports the state’s military, police and fire personnel who are wounded or killed in the line of duty.

The idea came from Sgt. Jessica Raley.

“Some Forest Park officers recently participated in a benefit motorcycle ride sponsored by Georgia Wounded Heroes,” said Matson. “(Raley) submitted a proposal to allow other officers a chance to support Georgia heroes.”

Chief Dwayne Hobbs found the idea “creative,” said Matson.

“(Hobbs) found the idea to be a creative way to raise money for an organization that ‘hits home’ and approved the request,” said Matson.

Hobbs and Raley presented a check for $1,500 to the organization Tuesday. The funds were accepted by founder and President Brian Brakefield and co-founder and Vice President Nate Watson.

Brakefield is a 10-year veteran of the 108th Cavalry of Georgia Army National Guard, five-year veteran of Clayton County Police Department, treasurer of American Legion Post 331 in Hampton and a State Farm agent since 2010.

Watson is a retired Army sniper who was injured Aug. 17, 2009, while on combat patrol in northern Afghanistan. His convoy was ambushed and he was shot in the left forearm.

Watson continued to fight while wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Bronze Star Medal with V for valor.