Taylor firefighters will wear and sell pink shirts to promote breast cancer awareness

Taylor firefighters will wear pink shirts and sell them to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer.

Members of Taylor Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1252, will wear the special pink shirts October 27-29 at the city’s three fire stations. They will take orders for shirts through the end of October at the Midtown Fire Station, 23345 Goddard Road.

The shirts cost $20 apiece with all proceeds benefiting research of breast cancer and other forms of cancer.

Lt. Stan Pochron, president of the firefighters union, said the effort by Taylor firefighters mirrors the initiative approved by the International Association of Fire Fighters. The international union’s “Care Enough to Wear Pink” motto will recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October in fire departments across the United States and Canada.

Lt. Pochron said the firefighters would be wearing the pink shirts during a separate partnership to promote smoke detectors. Firefighters will “take over” Toarmina’s Pizza in Taylor from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. October 27. They will take orders and make and deliver the food.

Every 10th delivery will be transported in a fire truck – and firefighters will make sure residents’ smoke detectors are working correctly and will deliver new smoke detectors as well.

Toarmina’s will reduce prices on October 27 and all proceeds will be split between fire prevention materials for Taylor school children and the Local 1252 charity fund. The fire union has donated to the University of Michigan Burn Center, Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry, Muscular Dystrophy Association and other great charities.

A similar pizza promotion in Pittsburgh raised about $20,000.

For more information about the shirts, call (734) 374-1355.

Taylor Firefighter Bryan Schwesing (left) and Lt. George Quiroz display the pink shirts they'll be wearing and selling to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.