FIREFIGHTERS OFFER TO SHAVE HEADS FOR CHARITY

FIREFIGHTERS OFFER TO SHAVE HEADS FOR CHARITY

At least 10 Doña Ana County paid and volunteer firefighters have teamed up to help New Mexico children with cancer. The firefighters have pledged to collect at least $1,000 in donations and then shave their heads when they meet their fundraising goal in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research.

Internationally, thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family, according to the organizational website at http://www.stbaldricks.org.

Capt. William G. Apodaca, 40, said he organized the local fundraising initiative after learning about St. Baldrick’s during a series of meetings in Albuquerque recently. He said he pitched the idea to a group of volunteer firefighters in the Doña Ana Volunteer Fire Department, all of whom readily agreed to participate. They call themselves Los Bomberos Pelones (The Bald Firemen).

Apodaca said the group challenges other fire districts and municipal emergency responders to get involved for the cause, as well.

Already signed up are Apodaca, Asst. Fire Marshal Eric Crespin, 34, Capt. Daniel Sutcliffe, 30, Capt. Kellen Tarkington, 25, and firefighters Javier Torres, 27, Miguel Plazola, 24, Ray ‘Trae’ Abbott, 24, Christopher Aerts, 22, Freddy De La Paz, 24, and Christopher Paz, 22.

Members of the public who wish to support the fundraising efforts of Los Bomberos Pelones may contact Apodaca at (575) 647-7903.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.