DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – They did it again; raising even more money than before!
The Pink Ribbon Firefighters and police officers raised $150,000 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month here at home. The first responders volunteer on their off-hours in October, to take the pink truck to fundraising events.
Monday, they held a check presentation at the Huber Heights Fire Department.
The 20 participating Miami Valley fire departments, and two Fraternal Orders of Police, were represented as they turned over the check to the Pink Ribbon Girls. The nonprofit provides support services to women battling breast and reproductive cancers.
The fundraising effort started four years ago with Huber Heights Firefighters Local 2926, but expanded this year to also include the following:
Clayton Local 4379, Troy Local 1638, Kettering Local 2150, Middletown Local 336, Miami Valley Fire District Local 1832, Huber Heights FOP, Trotwood Local 4024, Harrison Township Local 3552, West Carrollton, Xenia Local 698, Moraine Local 2981, Butler Local 4491, Englewood Fire Department, Dayton Local 136, New Carlisle Fire Department, Bethel Miami Fire Department, Oakwood FOP 107, Washington Township Local 3369, Clearcreek Local 4207, Bellbrook Local 5002, Little Miami Fire Local 4380.
“This community is just amazing,” said Heather Salazar, executive director of the Pink Ribbon Girls. “We had some people from Texas come into our event and said they’ve never seen a community get behind something like this, and they are serving in every capacity, at different levels, the people they live with.”
Salazar said the money raised will provide more than 18,000 meals to be delivered to women undergoing cancer treatments.
Perhaps there is something even bigger in the works for the pink fire truck and its supporters. The president of the Ohio Association of Firefighters was at the check presentation and said he’s been closely following the campaign, and he’s impressed.
“I’m here today to congratulate them, congratulate all the participants, and to commit to working with the Pink Ribbon Girls, we’re going to expand this statewide,” said Mark Sanders, president of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters.
Sanders said their annual conference is in May, and that’s when they will discuss possibly making Pink Ribbon Firefighters a statewide initiative.