Firefighters raise breast cancer awareness

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg firefighters will be wearing pink throughout October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Firefighters will be donning and selling pink T-shirts throughout the month, with all proceeds going to support the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.

Lt. Kevin Siers said orders for the shirts will be taken throughout October. All sizes up to XL will be $15, and larger sizes will add $2 to the price per additional X.

“The money will be used to pay for diagnostics and treatment, and it all stays in West Virginia,” he said. “Without that program, some people wouldn’t be able to get the treatment they need.”

The pink T-shirts bear the fire department’s logo on the front and on the back list more than a dozen sponsors.

“These are all fireman-owned businesses, and we all donated just to get the program started,” Siers said.

Siers said while nationally other fire departments have had similar fundraising events for years, this is the first year of participation for the Parkersburg Fire Department. Because the process is new the department is taking orders on a cash-only basis and will have shirts printed once enough orders have come in.

“It’s new for us, so I’m sure we will have some growing pains at first,” Siers said. “It may evolve some next year.”

Siers said so far the community has voiced its support and the firefighters are all ready and willing to help, even if it means wearing pink for a while.

“We’ve all been touched by breast cancer at some point in our lives, whether it was a girlfriend, a wife, a mother or a sister,” he said. “We’ve all had those five days, waiting to hear someone’s test results.”

Orders can be taken at any of Parkersburg’s five fire stations or by firefighters with the Parkersburg Fire Department.