Shaving their heads and raising money for an NYPD brother in need

By Lisa L. Colangelo New York Daily News

Cops shave their heads for Sgt. Paul Ferrara, who has stage 4 lung cancer from his recovery work at the World Trade Center

Cops shave their heads for Sgt. Paul Ferrara, who has stage 4 lung cancer from his recovery work at the World Trade Center

Several NYPD members recently shaved their heads to show support and raise funds for Sgt. Paul Ferrara, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in January.

That included the Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson, commanding officer of the precinct, and Ferrara’s supervisor, Lt. Patrick Welsh.

“It’s all for a great cause,” said Welsh. “I would do anything for Paul.”

Ferrara, a 22-year-veteran of the department, is married with a 12-year-old son. He started in the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn and transferred to the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst after he was promoted to sergeant in 2006.

His illness traces back to his time at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to family members.

Friends and colleagues are hosting a benefit on April 27 to help pay for his enormous medical bills. The cancer has now spread to Ferrara’s bones, according to a message on a Facebook page dedicated to the fund-raiser.

Members of the 110th Precinct shaved their heads to show support and raise funds for Sgt. Paul Ferrara who is battling Stage 4 lung cancer. Police Officer William Bahrenburg made a donation so he could shave the head of Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson. A fundraiser for Ferrara will be held April 27 at Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon.

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