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Fairfax County Fire Department gives out free haircuts to children

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Fairfax County students are in the final stretch of summer, as the first day of school for them begins in just over a week. For most students that means new clothes, new supplies and for some, a new haircut from an unlikely barber.

Derrick Penny is making sure the first impression students make is a good one. The Fairfax County firefighter is a seasoned veteran - at cutting hair.

"Well, once a barber, you're always a barber. I started cutting hair when I was 15-years-old," Penny said.

Years ago, Penny traded the barber shop for the fire house.

Monday, he, fellow firemen and local stylist gave free haircuts to more than 100 underprivileged children.

Penny added, "It feels good to give back to people that appreciate it."

"We wanted to do something, come to a neighborhood where if we didn't show up, they might not have a new haircut for school," said Willie Bailey, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

But the department's generosity isn't over. They've scheduled a backpack giveaway for Thursday, Aug. 30.

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