MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Members of Polk County Professional Fire Fighters Local 4196 and Polk County Fire District No. 1 will wear pink while on duty through next week in support of the fight against breast cancer.
Polk No. 1 firefighters can be seen donning pink T-shirts now through Monday, Oct. 10, that state "Polk County Fire Cares Enough to Wear Pink."
Officials purchased $350 in shirts to support the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, a foundation that raises awareness and funds for cancer research. October is also national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"Traditionally our job is defined by masculinity, whether male or female, there's a certain amount of `toughness' that people associate with this job," said Ben Stange, a Polk No. 1 firefighter/paramedic and Local 4196 president.
"We wear navy blue every other day of the year, but for this we're willing to swallow our pride to show support and compassion to those in our community affected by breast cancer," Stange said.