Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright didn't, at first, join in with firefighters' willingness to have their heads shaved to show their support of Jake Landess, a firefighter being treated for leukemia.
"I have not shaved my head yet, mostly because I look very handsome with my hair," Albright joked in a June 24 email. "But, if I can raise $500 I told them I would shave my head for Jake."
Albright has raised the money — part of an ongoing fund-raising effort to help Landess and his family with expenses — and Albright's dark hair will be leaving his head Tuesday morning.
A barber will shave Albright's head at the end of the Brownwood City Council meeting.
"I figure it's for a good cause, and it should grow back," Albright said.
Albright said his wife has told him he'll still look handsome without his hair.
After Albright indicated by email he'd lose his hair for $500, several individuals and representatives of EMS and volunteer fire departments said by email that they would be contributing.
Last month, Roland Finch, a barber with University Cuts in Brownwood, and Michelle Baugh, who works at Darlene's Cutting Edge in Early, shaved the heads of other Brownwood firefighters.
Landess, 44, is recuperating at his home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area after receiving treatments at Baylor University Medical Center for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Albright said. Albright said he talks to Landess two or three times a week and "he's very appreciative of everybody's efforts."
Members of the Brownwood Professional Firefighters Association, Brownwood Municipal Police Association and Heart of Texas EMS have planned several fund-raisers to help Landess and his family.
For updates on fund-raisers, follow the Fighting for Jake Landess Facebook Fan page at facebook.com/FightingForJakeLandess.