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Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Our Effort Extends Beyond the Month of October"

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month which has now come to a close.  The men and women of the Prince George's County, Maryland, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) have been relentless in their support of the campaign.  We traded our traditional firefighter blue work uniforms shirt for PINK.  A PGFD pumper was wrapped in PINK and it attended numerous events and seen by literally thousands of people.   Thousands of dollars were raised and will be donated to several charities promoting research and awareness campaigns for breast cancer.  There were a tremendous amount of photographs of our personnel and Pink PGFD Pumper taken and when given the opportunity, breast cancer prevention literature was distributed.

Battalion Chief James (light pink polo in middle front) and the members of the Fire/EMS Department will continue to promote Breast Cancer Awareness efforts year round.

For Fighter/Medics in Prince George's County the campaign to raise awareness and promote early detection of breast cancer is not a one month effort.  While we may highlight awareness during the month of October, the personal responsibilities continue on a daily basis.  To emphasize our continued support PGFD Battalion Chief Thomas "TJ" James organized a group photo on November 1, 2012, to demonstrate PGFD still cares even though the calender does not say October.  James stated, "The awareness campaign occurring in the Month of October was fantastic, however, the challenge is to keep early detection and research going 12 months out of the year, 365 days a year.  Pink work shirts and fire engines will soon be a memory but we shall continue our effort all year." James concluded by saying, "Our effort extends beyond the month of October"

Mark E. Brady

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