PFD Local639 Stache Dash 4 Cash '17


Since man took his first step, the mustache has been a symbol of manhood... A statement...  Sometimes for fashion, other times for symbol of power or status, but the one constant is that it has always been a statement.  Over the years, through different generations, the popularity of mustaches comes and goes.  At times it is considered "cool" and "attractive to the ladies"  and other times it's considered "creepy". Just like anything else, people's perception of what is trendy and what is not evolves over time and often repeats itself. 

People always take note that a larger percentage of firefighters tend to have mustaches versus the general public. That is because the mustache is said to be a "tradition" in the fire service. Way back when, when our grandfathers were rookies, there was no such thing as an SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) with a mask to provide respiratory protection, they went into hot fires and smokey environments with minimal protection. It was common practice for firemen to grow a mustache and then they would wet it and then breath through it, acting as a natural filter, similar to the hairs inside your nose and respiratory tract. With advances in technology, firefighters now have those SCBA devices to provide protection in toxic environments, however to pay tribute to those men who didn't have that luxury, the tradition of mustaches lives on in the fire service.

Just like in regular society, the popularity of mustaches in the fire service comes and goes, because although in uniform he is a firefighter, off duty he is a normal member of society. There is always one constant however, whether it's the general public or fire service, during the month of November, guys will grow a mustache or beard (if their profession allows it) as a part of "No shave November" or "Movember". Hundreds of thousands of men shave 1-2 minutes off of their daily shaving routine, and during this month get to receive the high fives and praises for their "awesome" mustaches, most of which would be frowned upon by society any other month! Although they make jokes and poke fun, even wives and girlfriends accept this unfamiliar change to the man they love. What most people don't realize is that this push for growth is actually about charity and to raise awareness, it's a guy's chance to speak his voice when someone asks or comments on his new groomed facial hair. Ask any young men who are bold enough to wear a traditional mustache the other 11 months out of the year, they are a coversation piece and draw attention and comments from perfect strangers, almost everywhere you go. 

This year in the spirit of charity and manliness, members of the safety forces in the city of Parma, have come together and pledged to use this wonderful gift to raise money for local charities.  However when it comes to police officers and firefighters, what's a little fun without any competition? Members of the Parma PD PTL Union and Parma Firefighters Local 639 will put a halt to shaving our upper lips for the month of "No Shave November" and will race to see who can raise the most money for local charities. Although we are all competitive in nature, both police and firefighters, and we want the bragging rights for the next year, even more so we know  the more money raised for theses charities the better! 

Members of the the Parma PD PTL Union will be collecting for "Make a Special Wish Foundation INC. Cleveland Chapter". 

Members of the Parma Firefighters Local 639 will be collecting for the local charity "Youth Challenge", which provides children with disabilities a number of different adapted sports and recreation activities programs. They serve the greater Cleveland area and most of Northeast Ohio. They have a 8 lift equipped vans that will pick partipants up and transport them to and from events and activities. They have close to 500 teen volunteers that help coordinate and run the different events after school and throughout the summer. Currently Youth Challenge has 22 member participants from the city of Parma, which is the largest population from a single city, second only to Cleveland. They have an ongoing relationship with Parma City Schools and remain constant in the lives our local children with disablilites from age 5 to adulthood.  In 2009 Youth Challenge lifted program fees for all participants, they now secure all funds through donations to support the participants and programs.   
       -One program session $25
       -Van fill up $75
       -Volunteer training $150
       -One year of rides $300
       -The standard cost to sponsor one member for an entire year $1500
For more information about this wonderful local charity please check their website at and please if you can help us make a difference and provide support to keep these programs and resources for our local disabled children running strong!


It is important to note the following:

-The Parma Police and Fire Departments names, symbols, and other material related to them are being used with the permission of the city.

-Police officers and firemen will not be collecting money. All donations will be handled through

-No fundraising is conducted while these men and women are being paid by the city.
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    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Eric Brindo 
    • $20 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 45 mos
  • Elliot Rodriguez 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • K D 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
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Parma Firefighters Local 639 
Cleveland, OH
Youth Challenge (Yc) 
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