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Firefighters Get Much Anticipated Pink Truck

Firefighters Get Much Anticipated Pink Truck

(By Ms. Phoenix, Creative Commons)


May 20, 2011

PLATTSBURGH — The pink firetruck has officially arrived.

After months of waiting, members of the Guardians of the Ribbon cancer-support group are now waiting to get their themed truck decked out with graphics before it hits the streets in support of various causes.

Jim Garrant, president of local Guardians Chapter 14, hopes the truck will be finished by the end of the month, when it can start helping members spread their messages of support to people affected by cancer.

Members are encouraging more firefighters, community leaders and law-enforcement personnel to join the group’s volunteer ranks as they bring individual, group and financial support to those battling all types of cancer.

The group, whose members don pink gear at events, will do everything from visiting individual patients to joining cancer-fighting causes, such as Relay for Life.

The biggest holdup since the group formed last fall has been the truck’s arrival.

Officials now hope to unveil their mechanical mascot, dubbed “Kathy,” during a bottle drive, car wash and bake-sale fundraiser on Saturday.

Garrant, assistant fire chief for West Chazy Volunteer Fire Department, said the event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Beekmantown Fire Station on Route 22.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the group’s Relay for Life team.

To donate bottles without attending the event, call 578-0331 to make arrangements for pickup.