MOUNT VERNON — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Passionately Pink for the Cure.” In support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the International Association of Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, Mount Vernon firefighters will be sporting pink caps and lapel pins to promote breast health and cancer awareness.
Charles Swank spearheaded the local effort.
“The IAFF has encouraged fire departments around the country to wear pink in October,” he said. “A lot of places wear pink T-shirts, but since it’s starting to get colder here, we decided to go with hats. We hope it will help the community be more aware of breast cancer and to realize how many are affected by breast cancer.”
Asked whether any of the men had qualms about wearing pink, Swank said no.
“The guys are all very open to helping out good causes,” he said. “The IAFF willingly supports charitable efforts. We are very giving. We have to be somewhat caring to be in this job.”
The city of Mount Vernon purchased the lapel pins, and Capt. Barry Bowden donated his clothing allowance to buy pink caps for those who wanted them. Image Apparel Plus sold them the hats at cost.
Anyone wishing to make donations may make out a check to Mount Vernon Fire Fighters Local 3712, and the IAFF will then donate to Susan Komen for a Cure.