Coon Rapids firefighters raise awareness of breast cancer

Coon Rapids firefighters wore pink T-shirts on duty last week for a good cause.

Wearing pink T-shirts in support of breast cancer awareness are Coon Rapids firefighters, left to right, Justin Hite, Jake Schultze, David Bruneau, John Fick, Chuck Fleury, Tim Gilsrud (captain), Greg Wester and Jason Ploof.

Wearing pink T-shirts in support of breast cancer awareness are Coon Rapids firefighters, left to right, Justin Hite, Jake Schultze, David Bruneau, John Fick, Chuck Fleury, Tim Gilsrud (captain), Greg Wester and Jason Ploof.

They set aside the week to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place in October each year.

This is the third year that Coon Rapids firefighters have had a Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October.

It ties in with the breast cancer awareness campaign of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), according to Justin Hite, Coon Rapids firefighter.

And the fact that last week, Oct. 8-13, was also Fire Prevention Week gave Coon Rapids firefighters more visibility because of the open houses the fire department hosted at its three fire stations in the city Saturday, Hite said.

The pink T-shirts were on sale at the open houses for $20 each, with the proceeds going to breast cancer research, he said.

According to its website, the IAFF encourages affiliates to organize fund-raising and awareness campaigns in support of the fight against breast and other cancers.

Over the last several years, IAFF affiliates across North America have participated in events throughout October, prompting a movement to wear and sell pink T-shirts as part of their breast cancer awareness efforts, the website states.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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