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Breast cancer awareness month hits home for Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue

Tower, fire dog Tower, fire dog

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue will be wearing pink for the entire month of October, but not because they have to.

The firefighters say they’ve been wearing pink for about five years. This cause hits home for them. M-B-F-R Administrative Secretary Rhonda Brown passed away in 20-12 after an 18 year battle with breast cancer. And wearing pink is something that the firefighters do from the heart.

“We do it from our own money…for our own reasons, like Rhonda Brown, one of our administrators that passed away from breast cancer,” said Christian Sliker, Myrtle Beach Fire Department Public Information Officer. And it’s something that we will continue to do for the love of helping people.”

And it’s not just the firefighters – even fire dog, Tower, wears pink today. Sliker says they will continue to wear pink during the month of October to show support for this great cause.

"This is not mandatory,” said Bret Holland, Myrtle Beach firefighter and paramedic. “I don't know of any of us who don't do it because of what it means to us having someone so close to. As well as if one of us didn't do it, it's the firehouse, we're going to ride the, until they do."

The firefighters buy new shirts every year from their own money. The proceeds goes toward the cause.

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