ABERDEEN, Wash. - Firefighters have added a new color to their uniform this week, in an attempt to raise awareness and support a worthy cause. It's voluntary, but all members of the department are wearing pink shirts instead of their usual navy ones beginning today through Thursday.
The t-shirts were purchased by the Aberdeen Firefighters local 2639.
The Washington State Council of Firefighters encouraged its members to coordinate and gain permission from administration to support this cause. The administration at Aberdeen Fire offered full support, for this week.
This is the first year of the campaign, and the Foundation hopes to make it an annual event. Cancer has affected many in the fire service both professionally and personally. Many studies have shown that firefighters are more likely to develop testicular cancer and have a significantly higher rate of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer than people in other professions.