The Pink Pumper fights fires and breast cancer

Marshall Moneymaker, a Montgomery County firefighter, speaks of his three sisters who died from breast cancer. He stressed the importance of early detection and treatment during a press conference Friday. (Mark Brady/Prince George\'s County Fire and EMS)

Jamie Forzato, wtop.com

Fire trucks are known for being red. But fire engine pink is the new shade for one engine in Prince George’s County’s fleet.

The traditional red fire truck got a makeover for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Having this beautiful piece of fire apparatus wrapped in pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer was a labor of love,” says Mark Brady of the Prince George’s County Fire Department.

Not only will the pink truck be displayed at county events to get people talking about breast cancer prevention, you will also see it in action.

“When it’s not out doing breast cancer awareness events, it’s going to be on duty and respond to fires and emergency medical calls,” Brady said.

This weekend the “pink pumper” is making the rounds from the University of Maryland to FedEx field for the Redskins game.

The fire department is also selling T-shirts that say “We care enough to wear pink.” The proceeds will go to cancer research.

The pink wrap was donated to the county and Brady says it will not damage the red paint underneath.

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