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Fire department shows support

There are many ways to show support for a friend, but in our book, having your head shaved ranks right up there on the loyalty meter.

That’s why we were touched by the enthusiasm shown by a group of folks who lined up Thursday morning to have their locks shorn for a good cause.

Eighty-three people — three of them women — committed to having their heads shaved during a fundraiser at the Denton Central Fire Station.

The event was organized in support of firefighter Michael Bell, who has been diagnosed with a form of brain cancer.

Although Battalion Chief Charles Goodman said the fundraiser was a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing, the event raised $4,300 to help Bell with medical expenses.

That’s terrific, and it’s great tribute to the camaraderie of the Denton Fire Department. Bell will celebrate 20 years of service with the fire department as a firefighter/driver/paramedic in January, and judging from the number of heads shaved on Thursday, he’s a pretty popular guy.

Bell was diagnosed with gliosarcoma brain cancer a little more than a year ago. He has undergone four surgeries, several rounds of radiation and is awaiting the results from his fourth round of chemotherapy.

Gliosarcoma is a relatively rare malignant neoplasm that accounts for about 2 percent of all glioblastoma cases, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Fire Chief Ross Chadwick told us that the only thing Bell has asked for is prayers for his recovery and for his family, but we thought that a grateful community could do even more than that.

No, we’re not suggesting that anyone have his or her head shaved, but there is a way you can help Bell as he wages his fight against cancer.

Anyone interested in making a donation to help the Bell family with costs of his treatment can do so at the Aubrey branch of DATCU under the name of Michael Bell.

We wish the longtime firefighter well as he continues to recover, and we encourage area residents to help if they can.

It’s a great way to say thanks to a friend who has given 20 years to serving the community.