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Wyandotte Firefighters Dressed to Educate

Starting today, Wyandotte firefighters will be replacing their normal uniform with a blue and pink T-shirt in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wyandotte firefighters will be looking a bit more casual this month, but hope that the message they’re wearing will be noticed more than anything else.

Starting today, Wyandotte firefighters will be replacing their normal uniform with a blue and pink T-shirt in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The shirts have a traditional pink ribbon on the front and a firefighter-themed ribbon on the back.

Firefighter Brendt Frederick, who is organizing the monthlong event, designed the back logo.

“Something came to me with the pink ribbon and I thought it’d be cool if it kind of looked like a fire hose since we’re firefighters,” he said. “We’ll be visible in the front and in the back to help raise awareness. … It’s the Wyandotte firefighters doing their part to help out.”

The shirts will be worn during all shifts, but won’t be visible on fire runs as they’ll be worn under the firefighters’ turnout gear.

This is the first time that Wyandotte firefighters have taken up a monthlong campaign; however, they routinely donate money to various causes in the city, Frederick said.

“We want people to know that we’re active participants in the city and we don’t just come, go to work and then go home,” he said. “We want to be active participants in our city and we want to help out in any causes we can.

“It’s very hard, nowadays, to find somebody who hasn’t been affected by cancer. … It’s something that I believe anybody can relate to."

The shirts are available for purchase for $15 at Fire Station No. 1, at the corner of Third and Maple. All sizes are available. Proceeds will be donated to the Yes Ma’am Program at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, which provides free mammograms to women without insurance and other means of being screened.

Wyandotte business owners have banded together to host several "Paint the Town Pink" events throughout October for breast cancer awareness. For more information, check out our full event guide, as well as the event's Facebook page.

Kim Piesik October 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I'm so proud of our Wyandotte Firefighters! Thanks, Brendt, for the great ribbon design. I hope to get a shirt this week and will wear it with pride at the EMS Instructor/Coordinator Conference this weekend.
Dianne L Woodruff October 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Our Wyandotte Firefighters are the best! We are so lucky to have such a great base of active and involved community-minded individuals. Thank you to each one of them for everything that they do!
Cynthia Loucks October 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The shirts won't be available for purchase until Wednesday from firefighter Fredericks I was just at the fire house trying to purchase shirts.
Kim Piesik October 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Thanks, Cynthia. I'll stop by Wednesday afternoon.
Brendt October 02, 2012 at 01:53 AM
The shirts are available now -$15 and we will take orders if we don't have your size! -FF Frederick

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