First there was “Pinky,” then there was “Hope,” and starting this week, there will be “Courage.”
The Prince George’s County fire and emergency services department launched breast cancer awareness month with a new pink fire truck named Courage. The name was selected from hundreds of suggestions people submitted via Twitter. Courage will be the third piece of pink equipment added to the county’s fleet and will be stationed in Capitol Heights.
Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said at a dedication ceremony that the pink vehicles are meant to remind the community to get regular cancer screenings. A lavender stripe around the new pink pumper is meant to represent all kinds of cancer, not just breast cancer, he said.
“We’re not just responders, we’re part of the community,” Bashoor said about why the county has adopted some of the pink vehicles.
Pinky was the county’s first pink pumper introduced in 2012. Shortly after, an ambulance the county named Hope also joined the ranks of pink-adorned apparatus.
Jane Stack, 49, was the first person to submit the name Courage for the newest pink pumper.
Stack, who is married to a county fire official, said she has had five operations to remove tumors, all of which had turned out to be benign and her personal experiences inspired the name. Before one procedure, Stack said she was particularly worried about her test results and told a nurse she was scared. But the nurse said something that helped ease her fears.
“‘No, you’re not scared,’” Stack recalled the nurse saying. “‘You have courage.’”