HUBER HEIGHTS — The 2015 Huber Heights Fire Division Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was presentated to the Huber Heights City Council on Oct. 12 by Fire Chief Mark Ashworth and firefighter/paramedic Chris Williams. This is a collaborative effort with the city of Huber Heights, Mayor, City Council, the Division of Fire and the Huber Heights Firefighters Local 2926 to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.
This is the fifth year that the Huber Heights firefighters have campaigned for breast cancer awareness in the Miami Valley as he Engine-24 fire engine has been transformed from it’s lime green color to all pink for the month of October. Other than routine maintenance, no taxpayers dollars are used during this campaign as fuel, staffing and the pink transformation are all donated by sponsors and the Huber Heights firefighters. Proceeds from this year’s campaign will go to the Pink Ribbon Girls, an organization that provides support to women who are going through treatments by means of meals, cleaning services and/or transportation.
Ashworth said that Williams was the “brain child” behind the pink engine focus. Williams said that on behalf of Local 2926, that he was proud to announce that “we are the nation’s number one breast cancer awareness fire department” which drew an ovation from those in attendance at the Council meeting.
“Every year it keeps getting bigger,” added Williams.
Williams said that during the past four years of wrapping the fire truck in pink, the department had been able to raise over $230,000. He said this year, the department is on track to do close to $200,000 with support state wide and nation wide.
Williams said that last year, Pink Ribbon Girls delivered over 40,000 meals. He said when they first started supporting Pink Ribbon Girls, they were serving 10,000 meals and are on track this year to serve over 50,000 meals and still operate in the Tipp City, Dayton and Cincinnati area.
Williams said the firefighters had sold over 2300 t-shirts. He said sponsorships on the engine have already exceeded $75,000. He said there are also 30 local fire departments that have joined the campaign.
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