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The Galveston Fire Department is hanging up their usual blue shirts and swapping in a new look for the month: Pretty in Pink.
Galveston firefighters are wearing pink polo shirts during the month of October to raise awareness about breast cancer. It’s the fourth year the department has worn pink for international Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Just about everyone has a friend or loved one who has had breast cancer and it’s important to shed a light on the struggles people face,” Fire Chief Mike Wisko said. “We’ve made it a policy to wear pink in October and the firefighters really get into it. Everywhere we go someone picks up on it so it’s an opportunity to show support for breast cancer survivors and all those affected.”
Everyone in the department – the chief, fire marshal, firefighters and administrative staff – is wearing pink this month. Residents have noticed the change on EMS calls and when the department is out in the community.
“On calls we have patients who say they love the pink and that we’re involved in the awareness campaign,” said Daniel Martinez, a 15-year veteran in the fire department.
“Some of the guys here have had breast cancer in their family so it’s particular special for them.”