Braintree firefighters wearing pink is not a common sight, but for the month of October firefighters will proudly swap their everyday blue department shirts for pink ones in support of the fight against Breast Cancer.
In cooperation with Chief James O’Brien, who endorsed the program and uniform change, members are hopeful they can help no matter how small.
“Braintree Firefighters recognize that Breast Cancer effects many woman and families in our community,” firefighter Freddie Viola said, "in fact, it has affected our members personally."
Chief O’Brien agrees, “Our community, our members have felt the effects of this terrible disease and we understand the impact it has on the families as well. If we can raise awareness and help this cause no matter how small we are in”.
The T-shirt concept has been a way that The International Association Firefighters throughout the United States and Canada have been helping in the fight.
Braintree firefighters started the program this year after firefighter Robbie Loud approached the Chief and the idea was off and running in no time.
“We want to join the other departments and members of the IAFF from the US and Canada and do anything we can to help raise awareness” Loud said. “It’s a great campaign for a great cause."
The T-shirts are purchased by the firefighters themselves and all proceeds after cost will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Fund.
“This is our first campaign, in the future I hope we can sell the shirts to the public and raise even more money, monetary donations help but education and awareness are just as important," Loud said.
So when you see firefighters in “pink” this month, say hello and know that they stand with all of those who are affected by this terrible disease.