From L to R, Sgt. Wendel Vaughn, Sgt. Donald Murray, Corporal Dylan Egan, and Sgt. Justin Sonnier
Lt. John Volentine
Lt. Kenneth Balkom
Senior Agent Harvey Pearce
From L to R, Bruno Lenoir (LCA President), Mary Broussard (LCA Treasurer/Outreach Manager), Sgt. David Boudreaux and John Sellers (LCA Vice-President)

LDWF Enforcement Agents Let Their Beards Grow To Raise Money For Cancer Patients

story by Adam Einck, LDWF Public Information


Law enforcement agencies have long had strict appearance policies for uniformed officers. Being an enforcement agent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is no different as uniformed agents are required to wear their uniforms and also keep up their physical appearance to maintain a professional look.


Facial hair falls under these appearance policies and all uniformed agents are only allowed a well-kept mustache and must otherwise be cleanly shaven unless they have a medical reason. However, these rules were relaxed in November of 2020 in the name of charity so agents could volunteer to participate in “No-Shave November.”


“We thought that this would be a good way to let the agents have a little fun and grow well-kept beards or goatees while also raising money for an important cause,” said Col. Chad Hebert, head of the Enforcement Division. “We were very happy with the amount of agents that participated and they all enjoyed it as well. But the most important thing was the money that was raised for local cancer patients.”


LDWF agents raised a total of $4,580 that was donated to the Lydia Cancer Association (LCA) in New Iberia on Dec. 8. Approximately 110 agents participated in “No Shave November” by growing beards during the month and then donating the money to the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA). The LWAA then matched the agents’ donation of $2,290 to give to the LCA.


LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet praised the agents, adding, “I’m always amazed by the spirit and generosity of our agents. This was a great cause and I know they had a great time making it happen. A big thumbs up to them.”


LCA’s purpose is to help cancer patients who are undergoing treatment in Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermilion parishes. To contribute to LCA, please visit


According to No-Shave November, “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.


Once November was over, all agents who participated were required to be cleanly shaven again with only well-kept mustaches allowed.


“With the way this year went I feel this could be an annual event from now on,” said Col. Hebert. “It is a great way to raise money for local cancer patients and let the agents grow facial hair for one of the colder months of the year.”


The LWAA is comprised of the working and retired agents of the LDWF Enforcement Division. Its mission is to foster, protect and promote the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned wildlife enforcement agents, active or retired. The LWAA also encourages and promotes the constant improvement of public services rendered by the LDWF Enforcement Division.