Mount Clemens firefighter shaves off hair to help children fighting cancer

‘I’m glad we were able to do this,’ Josh Ringstad says

Mt. Clemens firefighter shaves off hair to help kids fighting cancer
Mt. Clemens firefighter shaves off hair to help kids fighting cancer

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A firehouse in Mount Clemens was busier than ever Thursday -- not because of how many calls they got, but because of how many people showed up.

A firefighter broke the department’s grooming policy and had to get a haircut in front of anyone who shower up, but it was all planned and was one of the few upsides to the pandemic.

It’s been a long 18 months of living through the COVID pandemic, but it’s felt even longer for frontline workers. Mount Clemens firefighter Josh Ringstad is different from other firefighters -- he wasn’t clean cut and shaven like his colleagues.

He said he went several months without a haircut so he could grow his hair for Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids, a nonprofit that takes donated hair and creates wigs for children who need them -- primarily pediatric cancer patients and burn victims.

Read: Metro Detroit police officers participate in ‘no shave November’ to raise money for Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids

Ringstad decided he wanted to help without thinking about the challenges longer hair can provide for firecrews -- it can trap heat and make putting gear on difficult without hair getting caught.

Ringstad had his hair cut and donated Thursday. Additionally, about $4,000 was raised to help children so they don’t have to pay for the wigs.

More information on Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids can be found on its official website here.

If you’d like to donate, click here.

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