Cuts For A Cause

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 03/04 2014 10:37PM

Updated 03/04 2014 11:52PM

SCHELLSBURG, BEDFORD COUNTY - Emergency responders put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe and on Tuesday night some of them put their hair on the line, all for a pretty good cause.
One by one, and clip by clip, 18 emergency responders watched it all fall to the floor.
 “I never told anybody I was coming out to do this so it'll be a pretty interesting reaction when I get home,” Carl Moen from Southern Alleghenies EMS says.
Moen heard about this on Facebook.
He joined most of the Shawnee Valley Ambulance Service and firefighters from as far as Altoona, all to raise money for Northern Bedford's annual Dance-a-Thon.
“I roped my guys in and said if you guys shave your heads I'll do the donation on your behalf and they said we're in,” Kevin Diehl of the Shawnee Valley Ambulance Service says.
Kevin Diehl offered to donate $10 to anyone who stepped up to the stool. He even went first.
And Diehl won't be the only one breaking into the pocket book. John Zimmers offered to match Diehl's donation.
“It's a great cause. He's a great kid. I read about his story on Facebook and he's a great kid to be around. He really is,” John Zimmers of Shawnee Valley Ambulance Service says.
In five years the Dance-a-Thon has raised more than $75,000. Most of that goes to the American Cancer Society, but each year they also pick a local family in need.
This year it's six year-old Teagan Imler, who's battling a rare form of muscular dystrophy.
“Our jobs are pretty cruel some days. We see a lot of things that people should never see so any chance that we get to do good we're going to do it,” Diehl says.
Which is why Diehl wasn't surprised to see his fellow EMS brothers step up.
“EMS and Fire is a family. We definitely support each other and we're always there for each other and seeing all these guys here today supporting this and supporting Teagan. It’s unreal,” Diehl says.

A total of $340 was raised.

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