Steamboat Springs Police officers are helping their friend and colleague Sgt. Dale Coyner’s spirits by keeping a firm upper lip. For his finances, they’re keeping a fuzzy upper lip.
About a dozen Steamboat Springs Police Department officers have put their donations and their mustaches on the line in a monthlong mustache-growing competition.
Officer Sam Silva said the officers are growing the mustaches “to the best of their abilities,” but that doesn’t mean they’re all Magnum P.I. just yet.
They have until Dec. 1, when Coyner, who has been diagnosed with aggressive cancer, will judge the contest. The officers with the best and the worst mustaches will get a prize, and the rest of the money will go to help Coyner and his family.
Silva said the idea started as a friendly competition among the officers but they soon struck on the idea of using the event to help Coyner. The officers, particularly Detective Nick Bosick, along with his wife, Jody, have held other fundraisers including a party at Old Town Pub and a raffle ticket sale for a basket of goods valued at about $2,000.
Donations to Coyner can be made at the Police Department, 840 Yampa St.
Coyner said the rounds of chemotherapy and weeks of radiation treatments have done nothing to stop the cancer and it continues to spread.
The doctors told him there are a few other options for treatments, but they have a low success rate and nasty side effects. He said that left him and his wife, Judy, with a tough choice.
“We made the decision that at this point, we’re going to stop the chemotherapy and go for the quality of life,” he said.
He said he’s taken a couple of vacations as his health allowed in the past month, and he hopes to travel more while he can. He cleared out his desk at the Police Department on Friday and got some of his finances in order.
“All the things you don’t really want to deal with at my age, but now they’re a necessity,” he said.