Lynn Firefighters Put the Heat on Breast Cancer

October 29, 2013
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Lynn firefighters sold pink T-shirts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation: from left: Leanne Kreamer, a breast cancer survivor and wife of firefighter Andy Kreamer; Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy; twins Kaitlyn and Allyson Lehman, with their father, Lynn firefighter Bob Lehman; breast cancer survivor Kathy Cronin, wife of firefighter Kevin Cronin; and firefighter Mario Lopez.

Lynn firefighters sold pink T-shirts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation: from left: Leanne Kreamer, a breast cancer survivor and wife of firefighter Andy Kreamer; Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy; twins Kaitlyn and Allyson Lehman, with their father, Lynn firefighter Bob Lehman; breast cancer survivor Kathy Cronin, wife of firefighter Kevin Cronin; and firefighter Mario Lopez.

Like any organization, the Lynn Fire Department has no shortage of members who have been touched by cancer. With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lynn firefighters are doing their part to combat the dreaded disease.

Firefighters have been selling pink T-shirts as a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen foundation. The shirts have the LFD logo and a pink ribbon on the front, and “Lynn Fire – Fighting for a Cure” on the back. The cost is $20 per shirt with all net proceeds going to Susan G. Komen.

“Our guys really wanted to do something to help the cause,” said Lynn Firefighters Local 739 President Matt Reddy, who noted that the idea started with firefighters buying an alternate blue uniform T-shirt to promote cancer awareness. The shirts have been worn on the weekend throughout the month of October.

“Cancer has had a deep effect on many people in our department,” Reddy said. “A lot of guys have wives, mothers and sisters who have battled breast cancer. This is our way of recognizing all those who have fought the disease.”

The first set of pink T-shirts sold out within the department in one day, so a larger batch was ordered. Almost 600 shirts have been sold overall.

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