City workers ditch razors for a good cause

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — City workers in Lackawanna are in for a hairy November, and it’s all for a good cause.

Around 130 police officers, Public Works employees, city hall workers, and fire fighters are participating in “No Shave November.”

The goal? Grow the thickest scruff they can to raise money and awareness.

Unlike traditional No Shave November, which benefits cancer research, the group is raising money for UNYTS, an organ donation and transplant agency.

All money raised is being donated in honor of Officer Danny Wilson, who died Jan. 2nd.

“Today what we’re going to do is turn a tragedy into something positive. Danny Wilson was one of our fine young officers who unfortunately lost his life at too young of an age due to some medical complications,” said Lackawanna Police Chief James Michel Monday afternoon.

Wilson died due to complications during a liver transplant. Those who knew him, said he was always smiling.

Each participant donated $25 to UNYTS, and their participating unions will match their donations.

“We have representatives from the DPW already growing heavy duty beards, so we think we’re going to win the whole shebang here,” said Allen Brown of the Public Works Department.

“I stopped shaving yesterday. My director of public safety, my director of development, they all wanted to participate as well. We’re going to be matching donations with the police department. So is the public works and the fire department,” said Lackwanna Mayor, Geoffrey Szymanski.

Firefighters can’t grow bears for safety reasons, so they’re opting for mustaches instead.

The fundraising goes until Dec. 1, at which point the groups will present a check to UNYTS, in Wilson’s honor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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