By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – About 20 men in the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department had their heads shaved Friday to show support for one of their own who is undergoing chemotherapy.
Investigator Doug Mullins, 53, who has been in law enforcement 33 years, recently was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and has begun treatment, said his wife, Vicki Mullins.
Mullins’ niece, Jennifer Rencher, a registered nurse at Magnolia Regional Health Center who also is a part-time hair stylist with French Quarter Salon, put her clippers to good use. She plowed through the line of investigators, deputies, a jailer and Sheriff Charles Rinehart and cut off all their hair.
A support system of Mullins’ relatives were on hand as the group, including Mullins himself, went under the stylist’s shears. Two of his relatives joined in the support and got their heads shaved as well.
Sheriff’s office staff who participated included deputies Scott Dalton, Scott Brown, Gary Walker, David Derrick, James Michael Billingsley, Lucas Wooten II, Keith Little, Tony Davis, Tracy Bullard, Steve Odle, jailer Nick Johnson and investigators Heath Thomas, Michael Martin, Darrell Hopkins and Reggie Anderson.
“This is something they wanted to do to support and encourage him,” Rinehart said. “They’re like family – if one has a problem they all have a problem.”
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