Baker fire department adds a splash of pink to their uniform
POSTED: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 11:06pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 12:36am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Most firefighters are used to red, but these firefighters are seeing pink.
District chief, John Howard Bonaventure, told us "[the department] got the shirts, [and are] going to wear them throughout the day on the trucks, on the calls...to show support."
The Baker fire department is trading their blue for pink during October in honor of breast cancer awareness month. The men and women are happy to take part.
"They [are] excited," added Bonaventure. "You've got a bunch of guys wearing pink shirts around a firehouse. You've got a lot of time and we kind of cut up about it, but they're all in good spirits for the cause."
It is a cause that hits home for Captain Jim Leger who interacts with survivors both inside and outside the firehouse.
"Here at the fire service, not only does it touch lives of people that have worked here, but as first responders, we respond to people that suffer with cancer--not only breast cancer, but all cancers," said Leger.
This is a small wardrobe change that makes a big difference.
"...and that they're not alone," said Leger, "and if being a man wearing pink shows support, we're proud to do that."