Meredith Police Dept. observing ‘Grovember’

MEREDITH — To call attention to their support for men diagnosed with and fighting prostate cancer, officers from the Police Department have grown beards. The beards are part of Grovember — a nationwide program to call attention to prostate cancer.

In addition, the Meredith Police Association will donate $2,000 plus any and all contributions from their fund raiser to the prostate cancer research.

A blue ribbon of support has been added to each Meredith police cruiser.

The father of one of the department's officers is recovering from recent prostate cancer surgery and the police association chose prostate cancer research for one of their annual fund raisers.

The Meredith Police Association is financed strictly through fundraisers and donations. So far this year, Detective Corporal John Eichhorn said the MPA has donated to nearly $10,000 to various charities and local organizations.

In addition, the MPA purchases Christmas gifts for needy children in Meredith, hosts a toy drive, and provides money and gift cards to residents in need or for those who have suffered through a tragedy like a house fire.

Donations to the MPA and the Grovember Prostate Cancer awareness campaign can be made through the Meredith Police Association, P.O. Box 1366, Meredith, N.H. 03253 or by calling the Meredith Police at 279-4561.