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Fullerton Police join in the Pinktober cancer awareness campaign

Fullerton Police join in the Pinktober cancer awareness campaign

Fullerton police and fire join Pinktober cancer awareness campaign

The Fullerton Police Department has joined the Fullerton Fire Department to kick off Pinktober Wednesday, October 1st to commemorate October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Members of Fullerton PD, sworn, non-sworn, civilian and professional staff have purchased and will wear pink T-shirts and officers will wear pink mourning bands all throughout the month of October. Proceeds from the sales of the pink T-shirts and pink mourning bands will be donated to a local charitable foundation.

Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and remind people to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website.

“We all know someone that has been touched by cancer; friends, family members and loved ones…,” said Fullerton Police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel. “So, we are happy to join with the community in order to raise awareness of this terrible disease and lend our support to those in need.”

On Wednesday, Fullerton police officers and firefighters joined Troy High school students, faculty, administrators and guests for an assembly in the school quad.

A Tribute Fire Engine recognized Dorey Madrid, a Troy High English teacher who is currently battling breast cancer.

Throughout the month, the tribute fire engine will collect signatures from people who have beaten cancer, are currently suffering from cancer, or in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer. The goal is to have signatures completely cover the engine.

Madrid’s will be the first signature on this engine and she has chosen St. Jude Medical Center Crosson Cancer Institute to be the recipient of all donations raised this month by Fullerton Fire.