By Anna-Marie Menhenott
ST. LUCIE COUNTY --Approximately 60 officers from the Fort Pierce Police Department, Port St. Lucie Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office showed solidarity and support for a fellow officer last week when they shaved their heads to support Lieutenant Katherine England's fight against breast cancer.
Although previously scheduled for the day of the massive rains and flooding in Fort Pierce, the postponed event still brought out a crowd to show love for their sister in law enforcement.
"I am absolutely humbled by the outpouring of support from my brothers and sisters in law enforcement and so many of my friends within the community," said Lt. England. "I have gotten texts of pictures of friends and family from all over the state who has shaved their heads so I wouldn't feel like I was going through this part alone. It reminds me that we (my law enforcement colleagues) are a tight family and even when we aren't fighting crime on the streets we always have each other's backs. My pastor even shaved his head in support."
One of the surprises for Lt. England was a patrol car that was donned in pink in support of breast cancer.
"It was a surprise to me," Lt. England said. " I had mentioned it to Chief Baldwin when I came in to work the first day after my hair fell out and I had to shave my head (my hair fell out New Year's Eve in the shower readying for a gathering, I shaved it that night). I told him I had heard of other agencies striping a patrol car in support of their officers fighting Breast Cancer and what a great opportunity and tool it would be to heighten awareness and bring positivity for the agency."
The Pink Patrol car the department will be used to bring awareness to not just breast cancer but all forms of cancer and the need to rally around the community that is dealing with this disease.
"I believe the patrol car will bring positive attention to the agency and this cause and I thank Chief Baldwin for allowing me to further heighten our community's consciousness of the illness and the possibilities of traveling throughout the state for other rallies and benefits," said Lt. England.
As for Lt. England, she is braving the chemotherapy and feels lucky that the side effects haven't kept her from missing work.
"I have been very lucky that my side effects from chemo have been tolerable, and I have not missed but one day of work through the surgeries and treatments so far," Lt. England said. "My agency has been right there with me in my battles along with my amazing family. My husband, my step son, mom, dad, and brother have been my rocks. There are so many friends I would love to thank individually, but hopefully they just know my appreciation is there and I am just so grateful to all of them."