Bethel-Tate Fire Department raising money for breast cancer research

The Bethel-Tate Fire Department has turned pink this month in an effort to raise money for breast cancer research during breast cancer awareness month.

“We saw, kind of late last year, people were doing the pink shirts,” Brian O’Neil, Bethel-Tate firefighter, said. “We thought that was a great idea.”

This year staff members are wearing pink T-shirts, pink examination gloves and the exterior lighting of the fire department is pink, to raise awareness. Staff members are selling T-shirts for $20.

O’Neil said $10 from each shirt sold will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global organization committed to the fight against breast cancer.

Donations made to Komen for the Cure are evaluated based on the zip code where they originate and are used by the Komen Affiliate in that service area. Donations without a zip code support Komen’s research grant program.

So far, O’Neil said the Bethel-Tate Fire Department has sold around 200 shirts. O’Neil said staff members will be wearing the shirts until the end of October, but they will likely still be available to purchase in early November.

“It’s going pretty well,” O’Neil said about the fund-raiser. “Everybody has reacted positively to it, we have gotten a lot of comments from the public and in the emergency rooms.”

For more information, or to purchase a shirt call the fire department at (513) 734-4444.