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Apr 8, 2016 1:31 PM

Alderman Hirschmann stops shaving to raise money for Manchester's fire, police K9s

MANCHESTER - You may or may not recognize Manchester Ward 12 Alderman, Keith Hirschmann these days as he's been showcasing a decently-long beard, but there's a purpose behind the scruffiness.

According to the Union Leader, Hirschmann says he grows a beard once a year to make an annual $100 donation to benefit the Manchester Fire Department's arson dog. How does he raise the money? He just simply stops shaving.

"The scam is you see me, ask me if I lost my razor, and then I pull out an envelope and say I'm collecting money for the police dog officers," said Hirschmann, who said his goal is to raise $100 per dog. "I'm up to about $725. It's just something small I can do to help."

For this year, Hirschmann decided to expand his donations even further trying to help out all nine K9 officers with the city's police department as well. He said he is keeping track of all the donors names which will be on a list to be turned in to both departments, along with the money collected.

Once Hirschmann finishes his good deed, he doesn't plan on keeping the beard.

"My wife thinks it's cute," Hirschmann said. "I told her it's not."

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