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HAIR-RAISING; Firefighters shave their heads for charity.

Byline: LYNN DAVIDSON

SCOTS firefighters are helping relatives of their comrades murdered in the US atrocities - by shaving their heads.

The 22 men and one woman all had their locks shorn off in aid of the families of the 311 firefighters reported dead in New York.

Their hair loss should raise more than pounds 5000.

Firefighter Alan Morton, from Tollcross Fire Station, in Edinburgh, organised the sponsored shave.

The 33-year-old said: "We just felt we should be doing something for the widows and their families. When we watched the events unfold it struck a chord with every one of us."

Female firefighter Sam Seeds, 35, from Leith, Edinburgh, was one of the first to volunteer to go under the clippers to help her American colleagues.

She said: "There was absolutely no question over whether I would get involved in this when I heard the brigade were trying to help the New York charity.

"I wanted to help because we do the same things day in, day out, as those who were killed.

"And what happened to them is unbelievable."

Celtic fans in the US used Sunday's Old Firm game to raise more than $50,000 - about pounds 35,000 - for the families of the firefighters and police officers who died in the attacks.

The North American Federation of Celtic Supporters Clubs held the biggest collection ever among their 4000 to 5000 members.
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