It had been three years since Mantua resident John Scott Rambo cut his hair – three years to the day from when he retired as a Gloucester County corrections officer.
On July 1, Rambo chopped 12 inches of brown curly hair at Martino’s Salon, and all of it went to charity.
After having short hair for 25 years, Rambo decided to grow it out once he retired. Shortly after, his close friend, Connie Hutchinson, who Rambo described as being like a grandmother to his son, died of breast cancer.
Since her passing, Rambo decided to grow his hair long enough to donate to cancer patients.
This isn’t Rambo’s first experience with charity. For the past nine years, he’s been dipping into frigid cold water during Sea Isle City’s Polar Bear Plunge every January.
He is also a part of the fraternal order of police in Wildwood that benefits the Special Olympics of New Jersey and participates in the Cara Liom Wench Brigade, a mummers charity that raises money for different causes throughout the year.
“That’s what it’s about, giving back,” Rambo said. “It’s the least I can do.”