Deputies come together to support comrade battling cancer

(WMC-TV) - Deputies at the Shelby County Sheriff's substation in Arlington shaved their heads to support a fellow deputy battling testicular cancer.

Nearly 30 sheriff's deputies took a little off the top Friday to support 30-year-old patrolman Mark Wagner.

"I knew it was going to be a good turnout because we're all family and Mark's a brother to us," said patrolman Christopher Sowell.

Wagner recently lost his hair while undergoing chemotherapy.

"When you lose your hair, you don't want to be alone, so we figured we'd all stand up and shave our heads," said Sowell.

Those already sporting a bald head found a way to join in the camaraderie.

"I shaved my mustached, which I've never ever done before," said Sgt. Robert Elliott.  "For us to do this, it was a no-brainer for us.  The list started off as five, then 10, and it just kept growing."

Deputy after deputy took on the challenge and shaved it all off for a man they said they are honored to know.

"When he hurts, or when somebody in our family hurts, we all hurt," said Elliott.  "We're just here to support him."

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