The Boston Fire Department lost two of its own two weeks ago in a massive Back Bay fire, and the effects have rippled outside the city limits.
The tragedy hit close to home for a stylist at Dedham's Keldara Salon and Spa, inspiring her to organize a "cut-a-thon" fundraiser for the families of Boston Fire Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, both of whom died in the line of duty while battling the nine-alarm fire on Wednesday, March 26.
The event was organized by stylist Kariana Massarelli, who is married to a Boston firefighter stationed at Ladder 26 on Huntington Avenue in Boston, and is set to take place on Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All cuts will be $25, cash or check, with proceeds going to the Lt. Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund.
"This tragedy had a huge impact on Boston firefighters, firefighters around the world and the city of Boston as a whole, and I wanted to do my part by giving back to the families of the fallen in the best way I knew how -- hair!" she said. "My co-workers have stepped up to the plate and I have 11 other hair stylists joining me for this great cause."
The May 4 event will also feature a raffle to raise additional money.
"Anyone is welcome to stop by Keldara, say hi to the firefighters and buy raffle tickets, even if they aren't getting their hair done," Massarelli said.
Keldara is located at 650 Washington St. in Dedham Plaza. To make an appointment, call 1781-251-6600.