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Ark-La-Tex fire departments raise awareness for breast cancer


It's one of the leading causes of death among women. Last year more than 230,000 women and men were diagnosed with breast cancer. Beau Bockhaus has spent the past 10 years saving lives with the Bossier City fire department. This week he and his crew at Bossier Central Fire Station traded in their everyday work shirts for pink t-shirts with a goal of raising awareness for breast cancer across the community.

"Monday we made a run and we were asked what's up with the pink shirts? As soon as they see the ribbon and the pink shirts and see what we are involved the community really accepts it," said Bockhaus.

Each of the firefighters used their own money to buy the pink shirts. They were $12 each and the department sold more than 350 shirts over the past two weeks. Half of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Koman foundation.

Fellow Bossier City employee, Mark Natale, knows first hand the impact breast cancer can have on a family.

"My grandmother died of breast cancer and my mom is a survivor so seeing these guys wear these shirts, it's very nice to see them doing this," said Natale.

This was the first year Bossier City's fire department participated in breast cancer awareness month. Several other departments across the Ark-La-Tex have showed their support by wearing pink in October before this year.


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