Now, they’re using their hearts to help a growing number of people affected by breast cancer each year.
Beginning this week, Jasper firefighters are selling T-shirts at the department’s downtown station, with all proceeds going to the Pink Ribbon Project, which is devoted to breast cancer awareness.
The shirts will be on sale at the downtown fire station now through the end of October. Short-sleeve shirts are $15; long-sleeve shirts are $20. Anyone wanting to buy one of the shirts can do so by going by the station between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.
This is the second year the department has sold the T-shirts. Last year, more than $6,000 was raised by the sale of the shirts.
“We have a lot of people in our community who are directly affected by breast cancer or knows someone who is. We even have firefighters here who have families that have been affected in one way or another by it,” said Acting Fire Chief David Clark.
The program is held at fire departments across the nation, Clark said.
“It’s growing every year,” he said.
In Jasper, firefighters are wearing the shirts during their shifts to show their support for the program.
Clark said the shirts will be on sale at the city’s upcoming Foothills Festival scheduled for Sept. 7 in downtown Jasper.
Jasper firefighters are also hoping to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its annual ‘Fill the Boot’ drive set for this weekend.
Firefighters will be stationed outside the Walmart Supercenter to accept donations. They will be there from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Jasper firefighters have been participating in the ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign for at least the past seven years.
“We’ve always gotten a great response from the people who stop by,” Clark said.
Last year, a little more than $3,000 was raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, he said.