Area firemen go bald for a good cause; Cancer benefit for fireman Rick Smith earns thousands

The aftermath! More than 25 people, including members of the Clarion and Eagle Grove Fire Departments, family, and friends, got their heads shaved Saturday night in honor of Rick Smith. The event ultimately raised over $18,000 dollars for the Smith family. Photo provided

            Greg Littlejohn says the best ideas come to him at 4 a.m. when he’s frying donuts at the grocery store. Several weeks ago, he came up with one of his best ever during the early morning hours. Littlejohn, who is the Public Information Officer and a long-time member of the Clarion Fire Department, slowly started cooking up a plan to help fellow fireman, Rick Smith, after learning that Rick had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

            Rick has been an active member of the Clarion Fire Department for 34 years this January, according to fire chief Gene Rosenbaum. Last year, the Smith family found out that Rick had cancer that started in his lung and metastasized to his brain, Pam Smith, Rick’s wife, explains. Rick is tackling the disease by seeking chemotherapy every 3 weeks, along with radiation treatments every 3 months.

For the full story and more photos, see the Jan. 24th edition of the Monitor.