Hernando County deputies shave their heads to support co-worker with cancer

Debra Dolby works as a nurse at the jail
Posted at 9:11 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 00:13:02-04

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Hernando County deputies shaved their heads to support co-worker, Debra Dolby, as she battles ovarian cancer.

"It makes me proud. Proud, they would take their time and shave their heads. Yeah, they're men, their hair grows back fast, but still they took their time out of their day."

Dolby served in the Navy and Marine Corps. She has worked for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office since 2010. She works as a nurse at the jail.

She said the photographs showing her co-workers with shaved heads remind her she is surrounded by strength.

"I think if they look deeper, they see that they're giving me energy. I'm at the center," said Dolby.

Longtime co-worker William Ingersoll found out Dolby had cancer after his wife fought her own battle with cancer.

"I think it really shows the support we have for each other. The love is there," said William Ingersoll.

Doctors diagnosed Dolby with cancer in 2017. She said she instantly thought of her family.

"I said what's my chances of surviving this? He said 40% and I said who says I'm not in the 40%. You really shouldn't give out a number."

She said she's battling for everyone who loves her.

"They need me so it's not about me. It's about them," said Dolby.

She's determined to beat cancer. She knows she has Hernando's bravest backing her.

"The Sheriff's Department is a family," said Dolby.