Charleston SWAT team members shave their heads in support of Chief Luther Reynolds amid bone cancer battle

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Members of the Charleston Police Department’s SWAT team shaved their heads on Friday morning in support of Chief Luther Reynolds who is undergoing chemotherapy.

It comes after Chief Reynolds revealed a cancer diagnosis in November. He told staff members at the time that he was seeking a rigorous treatment plan that includes both surgery and chemotherapy.

On Friday, Reynolds shared he has a rare form of sarcoma which is a bone cancer. The chief said he begins his third round of chemotherapy next week.

“You know, I have some days that are really challenging and some days are really good. Today is a good day, I feel great,” said Reynolds. “It’s a battle. It’s definitely a fight, and I’m in the fight.”

Several SWAT team members joined Chief Reynolds in front of the police station Friday morning to show their support by shaving their heads.

“By shaving our heads and just showing him that we got his back 100%, because he’s always here to support us as well,” said Sergeant Joe Owens.

The department has also teamed up with American Cancer Society for a fundraising campaign. They’re hoping to raise $25,000.

“I’ve received outstanding care so far and feel confident that these steps will help guide me toward a cancer-free prognosis,” he said when announcing his diagnosis to staff members on November 3rd.

Chief Reynolds said the outpouring of support has been a real blessing.

To contribute to the fundraising campaign, click here.

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