In the pink

McAlester firefighters Jordan Grippando, left, and Kenny Barone check some rescue equipment at the city’s new fire station. The city’s firefighters plan to wear pink T-shirts this month as part of their campaign to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Don’t blink. They’re wearing pink.

McAlester firefighters will be wearing pink T-shirts throughout October. It’s all part of the C.A.R.E. program under way at McAlester’s four fire stations.

“That stands for Cancer Awareness Relief Effort,” said McAlester Fire Chief Brett Brewer.

Firefighter Mike Caniglia is in charge of the project, which is designed to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Starting next week on Oct. 13, the fire department will set up a station downtown on Choctaw Avenue on Wednesdays and Fridays for the rest of the month, checking vital medical baseline rates for anyone who wants it.

“We’ll check blood pressure, heart rates, respiratory rates and blood sugar,” Brewer said.

Those who undergo the procedure will be given a medical card with the relevant information, which can be used during emergencies.

Although there won’t be a charge, firefighters are also offering pink bracelets to the public for a donation, in hopes that members of the community will show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We hope to raise enough money to make a difference and provide awareness to the community,” Caniglia said this morning.

All of the money raised through the project is slated to go to Oklahoma Project Woman, he said.

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