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Officers Get Clean Shaves Following ‘No Shave November'

"No Shave November" is over and more than 100 police officers took part in the big shave event at Fenway Park on Thursday.

Officers from 60 departments across Massachusetts grew their facial hair all month to raise awareness and funds for Home Base, a clinic for veterans that was created by the Boston Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Thursday marks a month-long effort of raising awareness and funds to support veterans.

"It's not just like skirting shaving guidelines for the month. It's so much more," said Officer Kurt Power of the Boston Police Gang Unit. Power is also the founder of the First Responder No Shave November for Home Base.

"As a combat veteran, as a Purple Heart recipient and as a graduate of the Home Base Program, I can tell you that it does make a difference," he said.

The fundraising event is now in its third year.

"We operate the largest private sector clinic in America that's solely focused on treating mental health and brain injuries affecting our wounded warriors and their families," said Jack Hammond the executive director of Home Base.

Officer Power is a U.S. Army Veteran who's relied on Home Base for services.

"I was in ground operations fighting in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005 and 2006," said Power. "I was shot and almost killed by a sniper in a mission, who blew out the side of my chest."

He said Home Base saved his life.

"I'm happy to be alive and just here to make as much of a difference as possible," Power said.

Police officers from Ayer and as far away as Easthampton participated in the month long event.

"It's an opportunity for us to support our veterans as our community supports us," said Easthampton Police Chief Robert Alberti. "It gives us the opportunity to give back to our veterans."

In all, police officers raised $117,000 for Home Base.

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