UPDATE: Judges crown three winners in Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office beard contest

From left are Chief Deputy Keith McKnight, Deputy Justin Murphy, Sgt, John Ostrowski, Deputy Trey Williams, and Sheriff Terry Garrett. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.

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ROCKWALL COUNTY, TX (Nov. 30, 2022) They have until midnight tonight to remove their beards before returning to duty, but for now several deputies and detention officers at the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office are sporting award-winning facial hair for a good cause!

Three of the partipants in the No Shave November campaign were deemed “a cut above” the rest, receiving prizes of a Hickory Farm snack tree; an All Spruced Up grooming essentials kit; and the “Chewbacca” award – a Harry’s Holiday Shave Gift Set.

The competition was hairy, but our razor-sharp judges – which included Rockwall County Commissioner Janet Nichol, Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office HR Director Kami Webb, Joseph Horton with 1885 Barbershop, and Richard Redig with Blue Ribbon News/BRN Media – were able to put their heads together to determine who wore their beard the best.

Rockwall County Judge David Sweet oversaw the competition and helped out by serving as camerman as Blue Ribbon News recorded the judging LIVE on Facebook. There was a lot of “bearditude” on display and the some serious deliberation on the part of the judges, and you can see it all play out here >>

Though he didn’t win an award this year, returning champion Sgt. Alex Bricker remained a formiddable contestant, sharing his secret of sticking to a strict diet of black coffee and Slim Jims.

Returning champ Sgt. Bricker (left) helped raised the bar for this year’s competition. 2021 photo by Blue Ribbon News.

In the end, all contestants were deemed “beardiful” in their one way, but taking home the awards were first place, Deputy Trey Williams; second place, Sgt. John Ostrowski; and Chewbacca award winner, Deputy Justin Murphy.

Deputy Randal Garlington (center) has served for more than 30 years with the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office. He is pictured with Kami Webb, Janet Nichol, David Sweet, and Sheriff Terry Garrett. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.

The goal of the campaign, as no-shave.org explains, is to “grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”

Participating Sheriff’s Department deputies began by donating a minimum of $35 to no-shave.org, benefiting the American Cancer Fund, Be The Match Foundation, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, Fans for the Cure, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Kidney Cancer Association, National Foundation for Cancer Research, National LGBT Cancer Network, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Special Love, Testicular Cancer Society, and Young Survival Coalition, among others.

“No Shave is especially dear to me as I have a two-year-old niece that was diagnosed with cancer at two months old. The funding provided by these amazing organizations has impacted cancer treatments and advancements so that we are blessed to celebrate her 3rd birthday in just a few weeks with her in remission,” said Sgt. Ostrowski.

By Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News. Photo of 2021 contest winner by Blue Ribbon News. 

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