Throughout the month of October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month -
fire fighters are driving pink fire trucks across the country and
organizing other fundraising activities as part of a nationwide campaign
supporting women in their fight against cancer. At the IAFF 50th
Convention, held in August 2010 in San Diego, delegates collectively
resolution to encourage IAFF members to participate in campaigns
honoring women fighting cancer. The resolution calls on IAFF members to
wear pink duty shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For IAFF
members, losing the blue and donning the pink is a way to support women
in their fight against all cancers. Read
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Want to show off your pink T-shirt design?
Enter your local’s 2010 pink campaign T-shirt in IAFF’s
online contest. We’ll post pictures on our web site where you can vote for the T-shirt you like best. The grand prize is bragging rights and a free registration to our Affiliate Leadership Training Summit in Phoenix in January. Pictures must be sent by 3:00 pm EST on Friday, October 29 to
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Alachua County Fire Fighters Unite to Fight Women’s Cancers
Fire fighters, EMS workers and law enforcement throughout Alachua County
and North Central Florida have joined forces for the Alachua County
breast cancer awareness initiative. What began as a joint venture
between Alachua County Fire Rescue and Gainesville Fire Rescue has grown
to include 10 departments from four counties and four IAFF affiliates.
The initiative now includes the Fire Rescue Professionals of
Local 3852, Gainesville Professional Firefighters Local 2157, Putnam
County Professional Firefighters Local 3529, Bradford County EMS
Association Local 4315, Alachua County Fire Rescue, Gainesville Fire
Rescue, High Springs Fire Department, Newberry Fire Department, LaCrosse
Fire Department, Melrose Fire Department, Bradford County EMS, Putnam
County Fire Rescue, Gilchrist County EMS and the University of Florida
Fire Fighters Sport Pink for October
Bakersfield, CA Local 246 opted for navy duty T-shirts with fire in pink
and the pink ribbon behind the logo. Local 246 members are selling solid
pink shirts to the public, with the proceeds going to Links for Life, a
local group that helps those afflicted with beast cancer. Local 246fire
fighters are wearing the shirts throughout the month of October.
Fire Fighters Wear Pink
City of Batavia, NY Local 896 fire fighters are wearing a new color for
the next few weeks. After the wife of a fire fighter was diagnosed with
breast cancer, the entire department agreed to wear pink T-shirts as a
sign of support. It's also turned into a fundraiser. The public can
purchase similar T-Shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The
proceeds will benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance, a non-profit
organization that assists cancer patients and their families with
various medical bills and expenses. Pictured from left are fire fighters
Rich Stefani, Mike Morris, Jeff Stevens, Bill Hilchey and Frank D'Angelo.
Fire Fighters Spur City to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
Burbank, CA Local 778 members were honored by City Council on October 19, 2010,
for their efforts on behalf of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Local 778 is selling
pink shirts throughout the community and will be wearing them on duty the last
week of October. Local 778 is donating the entire proceeds, including the cost
of the shirts and caps. Pictured are members of Local 778, Fire Chief Ray
Krakowski and Mayor Anja Reinke, who presented a proclamation to fire fighters
calling for the entire community to promote breast cancer awareness.
Chattanooga Fire Fighters Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
TN Local 820 is going pink October 18-24, 2010, to boost breast cancer
awareness. Throughout the week, Chattanooga fire fighters wearing pink t-shirts
will go about their daily duties. Local 820 is also selling pink T-shirts to the
public for $10. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure
organization. Local 820 President Jeff Eldridge says the initiative is part of a
national campaign organized by the Guardians of the Ribbon, a non-profit
organization. “We appreciate the City’s support of this worthy cause,” he says.
To purchase a pink fire department T-shirt, contact Captain Eldridge at (423)
991-2543. In the photo: Chattanooga fire fighters dressed in pink gather at
Station 1 to help kick off the breast cancer awareness effort.
County Proclaims October 29 "Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink Day"
Citrus County, FL Local 4562 members will be wearing pink October 29-31. The
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October 29 as "Fire
Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink" day, encouraging all County employees to
purchase shirts from the Local and wear them to work October 29.
Cleveland, TN Local 3748 Cares Enough to Wear Pink
TN Local 3748 fire fighters are wearing and selling pink T-shirts to the public.
Proceeds benefit the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation. DeeAun Leamon (pictured) has
fought the disease for several years and is a true survivor. Her son, TJ Smith
is also pictured. From left (front): Fire fighters David Lee, Cody Hicks, Pete
Van Dusen, David Swafford and Larry Hafley. From left (back): Josiah Shelton,
Henley Ledford, TJ Smith (Leamon's son), Richard Lesniewski and Shaun McAmis.
Fire Fighters Go Pink
Deltona, FL Local 2913 fire fighters don pink T-shirts - the uniform of
the month in October. Fire fighters throughout the City are showing
their support for women and their families that have been affected by
cancer by wearing the pink T-shirts. The campaign kicked off September
16 with a visit from four pink fire trucks. The trucks made stops at
both City Hall and Fire Station 61 where citizens throughout the
community arrived at the Fire Station to take pictures of the trucks and
sign the trucks with messages of hope and remembrance. Firehouse chefs
also cooked up and served a few hundred barbeque meals with proceeds
benefiting cancer charities. “For at least one month, we want those
battling cancer, as well as survivors and family members with a loved
one with cancer to realize that they are not alone and they are loved
and supported,” says Kurt Vroman, president of Deltona Local 2913.
Local 858 Members Wear Pink
Denver, CO Local 858 Members wore pink to help support breast cancer
Awareness. Fire fighters throughout the city donned the pink shirts to
show their support on October 3, same day as the Komen Denver Race for
East Hartford Fire Fighters Paint the Town Pink
Hartford, CT Local 1548 lit each of the town's five fire stations in brilliant
pink lighting in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each fire fighter
also wore pink T-shirts with proceeds from the T-shirt sales going to support
the formation of a pink fire truck tour in Connecticut. Cancer awareness and
support for those suffering from the disease became important for Local 1548
after one of its own was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. Driver Judith Geier
was treated for her cancer and returned to work earlier this year. “Without the
support of the members of the Local 1548, my recovery and treatment would have
been even more grueling. We want to increase awareness of all types of cancer
and remind those who are suffering from the disease that they are not alone,”
says Geier. Geier and another fire fighter, Bob Bidwell, spent a part of their
summer with the pink fire truck tour and wanted to promote cancer awareness in
the community in which they work. “As fire fighters and paramedics, we see the
suffering that cancer causes, all the while knowing in the back of our mind that
fire fighters are significantly more susceptible to several cancers due the
exposures we face. If making our firehouses pink for a week leads someone to
have themselves checked, or perhaps offer a touch of support to someone
suffering from cancer, then the effort is worth it,” says Fire Chief John Oates.
East Hartford Mayor Melody Curry is in full support for the project and adds,
“Normally, you see fire fighters in red fire trucks and black helmets, not in
pink! Cancer touches so many within this community and I think it is important
to let them and their families know they are not in it alone.” Local 1548
President Dan Wasilewski says, "We see this as not just a fire fighter issue,
but one that affects the people we serve.” The East Hartford Police Department
also got involved by selling pink ribbon pins to its members to wear while on
Eugene Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink
Eugene, OR Local 851 fire fighters are trading their traditional
blue shirts for pink ones in an effort to raise awareness about breast
cancer. Fire fighters will wear their "Cares Enough to Wear Pink"
T-shirts while they're on duty. The IAFF endorsed the awareness campaign
at its Convention, and local union fire fighters picked up the tab for
the shirts. Fire fighters say they're proud to wear pink. "Everyone is
very supportive. There's hardly been anyone in the department that
hasn't been affected by cancer or had a family member affected by cancer
in some way or another. So everyone is very supportive for this cause,"
said Captain Mike Barnebey. Emergency crews will be on site for the
Komen Eugene Race for the Cure, where a number of off-duty fire fighters
will be participating in the event as well.
Fairfax County Fire Fighters Go Pink
County, VA Local 2068, in a partnership with other local organizations,
was “in the pink” at all 37 Fairfax County Fire & Rescue stations, as
well as the Fire & Police 911 center and the Fire & Rescue Department
Administration building October 26-29 in honor of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. At Fire Station 19 in Lorton, Virginia, breast cancer
survivor and mother of Local 2068 member Jennifer Hoeck cooked and ate
dinner with the crew of Fire Station 19/A and Local 2068 President John
Niemiec, and then graciously posed for a photo of the group in their
Meade Local F-281 Brings Awareness to Breast Cancer
Fort Meade, MD Local F-281 is giving back to the community by bringing
awareness to breast cancer. During the month of October, Local F-281
members will wear a limited edition breast cancer awareness” shirt. Fort
Meade fire fighters would not be successful in this initiative without
the support of Fire Chief E.J. Rouvet, who has supported the effort from
the beginning, asking only, “What do you need and how can we help?”
Local 3592 Supports American Cancer Society
Gloucester, NJ Local 3592 at the October 17 American Cancer Society Breast
Cancer Walk in Ocean City, New Jersey. Pictured are Local 3592 members, as well
as friends, family and supporters.
Falls Fire Fighters Generate Awareness, Raise Money to Fight Breast
Great Falls, MT Local 8 donned pink during the first week of October for
cancer awareness. Fire fighters also produced a
public service announcement about
their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month,
Local 8 is also selling shirts to raise money for local cancer
institutes. To date, the fire fighters have sold 700 of the 1,000 shirts
produced. If all of the shirts are sold, Local 8 will raise more than
Hanover Fire Fighters Raise Funds, Awareness
VA Local 4202 sold 475 shirts in two weeks time, collecting $2,375 to donate
toward breast cancer awareness. Local 4202 had 100 percent member
participationin support of this great cause. Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Fred Crosby
was instrumental in allowing fire fighters to wear pink shirts the last week of
October while on duty.
In photo, from
left: FF/ Medic Bobby Drake, FF/Medic Katie O'Neil, Lt. J. Johnson.
Federal Fire Fighters of Hawaii Joins Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts
Federal Fire Fighters of Hawaii Local F-263 has joined the national breast
cancer awareness campaign. "It's the first year that we have been allowed to
participate, and its been extremely successful," says Local F-263 President Reid
Shimabukuro. "Our Brothers and Sisters have raised $5,000 for our local Susan G.
Komen Foundation with the sales of our pink shirts." Several Local F-263 members
have had loved ones stricken with breast cancer. Fire Chief Glenn DeLaura took
off his white shirt and donned his pink shirt immediately after receiving one.
Local F-263 has been authorized to wear the pink shirts through the end of
Henrietta Local 3738 Members Campaign for a Cure
NY Local 3738 held its first "Fire Fighters For A Cure" campaign during the
month of October. Nearly 900 shirts were sold to members, member's families and
friends, as well as the public. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the
shirt sales benefit he Pluta Cancer Center in Rochester, New York. To date,
approximately $4,400 has been collected! Pictured are several members of
Henrietta Local 3738, along with nurses and staff from the Pluta Cancer Center.
Howard County Fire Fighters Go Pink
Howard County, MD Local 2000 is giving back to the community by bringing
awareness to breast cancer. Sadly, wives, mothers, grandmothers and
sisters are all affected by this disease. Everyone knows someone who has
had to deal with the struggles associated with this diagnosis. In
support of this worthy cause, members of Howard County Local 2000 will
be wearing pink shirts, on duty, for the entire month of October. Fire
fighters face a two to four times greater risk of contracting certain
types of cancers than the general population. In the past few years,
while not specifically breast cancer, Local 2000 has lost two members to
cancer and has several cancer survivors among its ranks. Additionally,
several members are dealing with loved ones who have some form of
cancer, to include breast cancer.
Local 2000's limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt will be
worn during the month of October. Fire Fighters wearing pink are a
powerful statement. It’s not what one expects to see riding around on a
fire engine and that’s what makes it effective. These T-shirts will be
for sale to the general public for $15 to help spread the awareness and
raise funds for breast cancer. The shirts are available through the
Howard County Local 2000 web site.
Financial Corporation Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
During the IAFF 50th Convention in San Diego, the IAFF-FC staff was proud to
wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Many IAFF affiliates are
promoting Breast Cancer Awareness in October and the IAFF-FC supports the cause
Idaho Fire Fighters Support Fight Against Breast and Colon Cancer
Shoshone County, ID Local 2034 members and other Shoshone County Fire District
No.2 fire fighters show their support for the fight against both breast (pink
shirts) and colon cancer (blue ribbon on left sleeve). Fire fighters from left
include: Scott Stovern, Bob Monteith, Jeff Frank, Fire Chief Dale Costa, Bob
Hansen, Assistant Fire Chief Darrel Knoll, Travis Costa, Kevin Sevy and Mike
Local 2270 Members Go Pink for a Purpose
After attending the 14th District Caucus, Kingsport, TN Local 2270 was able to
convince the City administration to allow fire fighters to adopt the pink
T-shirt on duty for breast cancer awareness. Each shift is wearing the pink tees
throughout the month of October. The community response has been overwhelming.
Local 2270 ordered 500 shirts and within three days of announcing the campaign
called, “Pink for a Purpose,” was sold out! Fire fighters reordered an
additional 550 shirts. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Susan G Komen
for the Cure and The American Cancer Society.
Lansing Local 421 Brothers and Sisters Promote Breast Cancer
MI Local 421 partnered with Susan G. Komen to promote breast cancer
awareness by trading in blue duty shirts for pink duty shirts. The
200-plus sworn and support staff are all wearing the pink shirts for the
month of October.
Fire Fighters Support Women in Fight Against Cancer
Longview, WA Locals 828 and 3375, along with the staff, join the nationwide
campaign, “Cares Enough to Wear Pink,” to support women in their fight against
cancer. Longview fire fighters are losing their traditional blue shirts and will
be donning a black-and-pink shirt on duty October 25-28 to help raise awareness.
In the photo are (back row): Kacy Clark, Tim Housh, Derek Stabell, Scott
Pospichal, and Keven Broschat; (front row): Eric Hayes, Kevin Taylor, Dan
Rennells, and Michael Mann.
Lynchburg, VA Local 1146 Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
VA Local 1146 fire fighters are wearing Pink T-Shirts October 11-16 in support
of the 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Local 1146 members collaborated
with The Fire Foundation, the Lynchburg Fire Department, local businesses and
schools in a campaign for breast cancer awareness and to support a local cancer
center’s patient support fund.
Lynnwood Fire Fighters in the Pink to Fight Cancer
WA Local 1984 fire fighters are looking a little rosy this month. They’re
donning new shirts in a shade best described as “Pepto-Bismol pink’’ to support
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The shirts aren’t just a fashion
statement, said Christine McCroskey, a fire fighter and paramedic with the
Lynnwood Fire Department. The fire fighters use the shirts as icebreakers to get
people talking about breast cancer and early detection.
City of Maricopa Resolution Cares Enough to Wear Pink Launches
The Maricopa Fire Department and Butterfield Elementary School is hosting a
“Cares enough to Wear Pink” assembly October 25. More than 650 students will be
honoring women who are battling cancer. Mayor Anthony Smith, Superintendent Jeff
Kleck, and other distinguished guests will be speaking to the students. Two
school employees -- both cancer survivors -- will be recognized and several
“Caring” awards will be handed out to distinguished members of the Maricopa fire
and police departments. Students, staff, Maricopa Local 4561 fire fighters and
guests will be wearing pink. The assembly kicks off the Maricopa's Resolution,
Cares Enough to Wear Pink. Students are also encouraged to wear pink. Maricopa
fire fighters are sporting pink Maricopa Fire Department uniform shirts.
Menlo Park Local 2400 Wears Pink for One Week in October
Park, CA Local 2400 fire fighters are officially supporting the “Cares Enough to
Wear Pink” campaign. Menlo Park fire fighters were approved by the Fire District
to support this program by wearing pink uniform shirts for one week during the
month on October. These Shirts are available for sale to the public, and profits
from the shirts will be split evenly between the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
Within Miami-Dade County Think Pink
Thinking Pink: Fire fighters from Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach and
Miami-Dade County give a special salute from Watson Island, Miami, Florida, as
they join together for a common cause to raise awareness and help support women
in their fight against cancer. The departments participated in a campaign that
teamed up with Guardians of the Ribbon in South Florida on September 22-24,
2010. This collaborative effort hopes to bring public attention and support
toward the need to find a cure for cancer. Photo by Eric
Local 738 Turns Mt. Vernon Pink
Mt. Vernon, IL Local 738 is wearing pink for the month of October and
selling pink shirts of its own design to raise money for breast cancer
charities. Local 738 is sponsoring "Turn Mt. Vernon Pink" day, when it
hopes everyone will wear pink shirts!
Myrtle Beach Fire Fighters Launch Pink Campaign
Myrtle Beach, SC Local 2345 is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the
first time with pink shirts. Local 2345 members can purchase shirts to wear for
the entire month instead of uniform shirts. All funds raised from T-shirt sales
benefit the Cancer Foundation. T-shirts are also available to the public for
purchase. In the photos are Local 2345 members at Station 2 (Medic 62, ENG 621)
North Metro, CO Local 2203 Members Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
mobile mammography unit was with North Metro, CO Local 2203 members at the
headquarters station as part of the local's breast cancer awareness program.
On-duty personnel wearing cancer awareness shirts participated, along with
public safety educators.
North Plainfield Fire Fighters in Pink in Support for Breast Cancer Awareness
North Plainfield, NJ Local 2958 members will trade their traditional blue
station uniform shirts in favor of pink shirts to raise awareness and display
support for cure for breast cancer. At the International Association of Fire
Fighters 50th Convention, held in August 2010 in San Diego, delegates
collectively approved a resolution to encourage IAFF members to participate in
campaigns honoring women fighting cancer. The resolution calls on IAFF members
to wear pink duty shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Special pink
uniform shirts were purchased by the North Plainfield firefighters. The proceeds
will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Platte Fire Fighters in Pink
North Platte, NE Local 831 wore pink shirts for a week in October, and sold
shirts similar to the community. Proceeds from those sales will go to The Gift
Of Hope, a local cancer support group.
Homer Fire Fighters Trade Blue for Pink
Northwest Homer, IL Local 4817 fire fighters traded their blue duty shirts for
pink breast cancer awareness shirts. The goal in wearing these shirts is to
raise money and awareness for breast cancer. All Local 4817 members are wearing
these shirts during the month of October because “We Care Enough to Wear Pink!”
Fire Fighters Go Pink for Breast Cancer
The Norwich, NY Local 1404 is doing its part in the fight against breast
cancer this year, opting to sport pink “Keep A Breast” T-shirts throughout the
month of October. Fire fighters will also be taking orders for anyone interested
in purchasing one of the $20 shirts, with all proceeds benefiting the Keep A
Breast Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of
breast cancer through the education of today’s youth.
Orange City, CA Local 2384 Raises $1,000 for Breast Cancer Research
Orange City, CA Local 2384 fire fighters are wearing pink shirts in support of
breast cancer awareness and research while on duty, 24 hours a day, seven days a
week from October 15 to October 23, all suppression personnel included! Local
2384 has sold the shirts to the public and sold out of the first two runs so
far, raising well more than $1,000 profit, which will all be donated back to its
designated breast cancer foundation. "Thanks for the support and the idea from
the recent Convention!" says Local 2384 President Greg Lewin.
Pasadena Fire Fighters Paint the City Pink
CA Local 740 members will have the option of wearing their uniform shirts or
Pink T-shirts during the week of October 25-29 while on duty. T-shirts feature
the IAFF logo on the front and the Pasadena Fire Department logo on the back.
Firefighters Print and Design printed the logos on American Apparel T-shirts,
which are or sale for $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Susan
G. Komen Foundation. T-shirts are available in all sizes, including men's,
women's and children. The response from fire department management and from the
community has been overwhelming, and a second order had to be placed even before
officially going on sale. The Pasadena City Council will also don the T-shirts
during Council session on October 25, and a number of local businesses will also
wear the T-shirts, including Huntington Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles Fireman's
Credit Union and Barneys Beanery. The photo was taken at a press conference with
Vice-Mayor Victor Gordo, Fire Chief Dennis Downs and Local 809 members,
including Director Trey Sorensen, who is in charge of the event.
Portland, ME Local 740 Rolls Out Pink T-shirt Campaign
Getting behind the recent "Care Enough to Wear Pink" Resolution" passed at
the IAFF 50th Convention in San Diego, California, Portland, ME Local
740 launched its pink T-shirt campaign to
raise money and awareness for women suffering from cancer.
When Local 740 started publicizing the idea of wearing pink shirts in
October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, member fire fighters were
hoping to sell 300 of the shirts for $10 each. But as word got out via Facebook
and other ways, shirt sales took off. So far, more than 1,000 have been sold. Local 740 plans to
donate all proceeds to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and the Maine Cancer
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Members Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Naval Shipyard Local F-123 displayed pink T-shirts to show support for breast
cancer awareness. Local F-123's own brother, Leo Boivin, recently lost his wife
to breast cancer. Darlene,
who was a longtime shipyard employee, passed away in March of 2010. Fire
fighters around the country have been showing their support for the campaign by
wearing pink T-shirts in October.
Portsmouth Fire Fighters Wear Pink in Support of Local 1313 Fire Fighter
of Portsmouth, NH Local 1313 and Portsmouth, NH Local 4039 donned pink to
support the many women fighting breast cancer, including one of their own, Sarah
Fox. On October 9, 2007, Sarah - a 10-year veteran of Local 1313, was excited
and looking forward to the birth of twins. The joy of expecting the twins was
disrupted by a cancer diagnosis. That day she discovered she had breast cancer.
Just a short 12 hours later, she gave birth to the twins, making a family of
seven. While it wasn’t easy, Sarah fought through the many challenges and
treatments that cancer brings and beat the odds, returning to work in January
2009. Just over one year later, Sarah developed a pain in her hip which was
discovered to be cancer. Once again Sarah, her husband Matt, and their five
children and extended family are faced with the fight against cancer. Sarah’s
fire fighter family have rallied to help in many ways, raising thousands to help
her with expenses. We are wearing our shirts to support Sarah and to raise funds
to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation in finding a cure.
Sioux Falls Fire Fighters Support Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Falls, SD Local 814, in cooperation with fire management, wore pink duty
shirts October 22-31 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Local 814
designed and purchased the shirts and offered them to the public and to members
and families of the Sioux Falls Fire Department. All proceeds from the sale of
the T-shirts will be used to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Pictured from left: Jeff Martens, Bill Bosler, Jim Powers, Brook Van Gundy, Brad
Vosburg, Tim Hoekman, and Brian Christiaansen.
County Fire Fighters Kick Off "Fighting for a Cure" Campaign
Skagit County, Washington fire fighters from Mount Vernon Local 1983, Anacortes
Local 1537 and Burlington 4111 teamed up with Skagit Valley Hospital Employees
to kick off the "Fighting for a Cure" campaign. All proceeds benefit the local
Women's Cancer Foundation. The event has garnered the support of the community,
and fire fighters pledge to carry on this great event on a larger scale next
South Beach Fire Fighters Wear Pink for a Cure
Beach Fire and EMS Local 3689 - a small local of nine located in Westport,
Washington, wear pink to support a cure for breast cancer. The local is selling
T-shirts and accepting donations to support the cure.
Fire Trucks Roll Through South Florida
Four pink fire engines lead the "Care Enough to Wear Pink" tour along Hillsboro
Boulevard. Fire fighters and fire trucks from Broward and Palm Beach counties
traveled from Quiet Waters Park to A1A in Deerfield Beach to show their support
for Breast Cancer. In addition to Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff
Fire Rescue, Hollywood, Davie, Delray Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill,
Lighthouse Point, Boca Raton and Pembroke Pines fire departments all
participated in the festivities. There was also a pink Palm Beach Sheriff's
Office patrol car featured in the parade.
South Placer Heroes Wear Pink
Heroes Wear Pink is an idea that came from many IAFF affiliates' great
success conducting pink shirt campaigns. Inspired by their successes,
South Placer, CA Local 3809 organized its own event for the first time
this year. “Heroes Wear Pink” was developed to honor breast cancer
survivors as the true heroes. Breast cancer has affected so many
families and the victims of this awful disease are the ones to look up
to and call heroes. For the month of October, South Placer fire fighters
will trade their blue T-shirts for pink ones. Join their fight to find a
cure by purchasing one of the Pink South Placer Fire District T-shirts.
Local 1391 Organizes Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Taunton, MA Local 1391 fire fighters are wearing pink duty shirts for the month
of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fire fighter Cynthia
Zanghi organized the campaign after learning of the IAFF resolution encouraging
the support of women fighting cancer. The program has been met with great
support from all Local 1391 members and from the community as a whole. Everyone
either has been affected by this terrible disease, or knows someone who has, and
Taunton fire fighters thank everyone who has made this such a tremendous
success. To date, more than 250 T-shirts have been sold, with more orders coming
in every day. All proceeds from this program will be donated to the American
Cancer Society and the Firefighters Cancer Support Network.
Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink
During the month of October, Visalia, CA Local 3719 fire fighters are wearing
pink shirts while on duty to support cancer awareness and in honor of women
fighting cancer. Visalia Local 3719, in cooperation with City of Visalia Fire
Department Administration, are donning newly designed pink shirts with the Pink
Ribbon, which has become known as a familiar symbol promoting breast cancer
awareness. The shirts are also sold in a fundraising effort to create a relief
fund in honor of women fighting cancer.
Fire Fighters Wear Pink Shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness
When Watertown fire fighters first considered spending a month dressed in
pink, many said, “no way.” But in the end, most decided they’d make the
sacrifice for such an important cause. All through October, dozens of Watertown
fire fighters are wearing and selling pink T-shirts as part of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. The shirts have the Watertown Fire Department shield on the
front and on the back read, “Watertown Firefighters helping to extinguish breast
cancer.” Fire Lt. Thomas Thibaut, president of Watertown, MA Local 1347, said
the focus was less on the money than on education. For him, and for other fire
fighters in the department, this is a personal issue.
Valley Fire Fighters Wear Pink
Three IAFF affiliates from Wenatchee Valley, Washington, are wearing pink duty
shirts during the last week of October. Locals 453, 3835 and 4197 created one
common shirt for all three fire departments. The shirts are being sold to the
community with the proceeds benefitting a local cancer organization that helps
families deal with cancer.
Willoughby Fire Fighters Support Breast Cancer
OH Local 2291 members wear a T-shirt with a pink ribbon logo, designed
by a Local 2291 members, to show our support for finding a cure for
breast cancer. Local members unanimously voted in favor of designing and
wearing the T-shirt on duty.
Winnipeg Local 867 Members Wear Pink
Winnipeg, MB Local 867 has embarked on a pink T-Shirt campaign, which
television commercial encouraging members of the community to
support Breast Cancer Awareness month by purchasing a Canadian,
union-made pink T-Shirt.