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Renton Firefighters Care Enough to Wear Pink

October 27, 2010

Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator 425-430-7083
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Renton Fire & Emergency Services Partners with IAFF Local 864 to Raise Awareness about Breast Cancer

Firefighters care enough to wear pinkRENTON:   Members of the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department added a new color to their uniform this week – pink – in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The program is voluntary, but the majority of the department’s personnel are wearing pink shirts instead of the usual navy through October 28, 2010.  Proceeds from the t-shirt sales, purchased by the participating members, benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

This is the first year Renton Fire & Emergency Services has participated in this campaign.  Their participation is due to encouragement from the Washington State Council of Firefighters and partnership with the Firefighters Union Local 864. 

The Renton Fire Benevolent Association worked with many other departments around the Puget Sound to design the t-shirts, with special thanks to Firefighter Nathan Blakeslee.  “Our department and the firefighters’ union felt this was an amazing way to show our support for this very important cause,” said IAFF Local 864 President and Fire Lieutenant Doug McDonald.

Cancer has affected many within the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department.  Many studies have shown that firefighters are more likely to develop testicular cancer and have a significantly higher rate of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer than people in other professions.

Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator Mark Peterson said of the program, “I am proud this organization supports such an important and vital cause. By raising the level of awareness, it is our hope that people will see their doctor for preventative cancer screening.”