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Breast Cancer Awareness: Pink Duty — T-shirts are fundraising tool for local firefighters

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Two local firefighters’ groups are each hosting fundraisers to benefit charity.

Both Hopkins County Professional Firefighters Association Local 4609 and Sulphur Springs Springs Professional Firefighters Association Local 3237 are selling T-shirts to benefit cancer awareness research and local charities.


Hopkins County PFA

The Hopkins County Professional Firefighters Association, International Association of Firefighters, Local 4609 are gearing up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by outfitting county firemen with pink duty shirts to wear during the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness.

This marks the group’s second year to hold a T-shirt fundraiser; they’ve also hosted hot dog fundraisers, too.

“Each year we raise money through our shirt sales to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other local charities throughout the year,” noted 4609 President Brian Fairchild.

Some of the local projects HCPFA has donated funds to include Special Olympics and the Blue Santa program.

Those who wish to show support of IAFF Local 4609 and breast cancer awareness can purchase a T-shirt for $20 up to size extra-large and $22 each for sizes 2X and up. Orders are submitted in increments of 10, so the sooner the orders come in, the sooner they’ll be ready. 

“The shirts that we sell are our IAFF local 4609 shirts. You can get the colors of your choice from camouflage — which is a very hot seller — to pink to show your support for breast cancer awareness or traditional navy blue. Pretty much any color you want,” Fairchild said.

To place an order, stop by Hopkins County Fire Department, 1286 Texas St., just off the League Street overpass, north of UPS; contact any HCFD member; call HCFD at 903-439-6217; or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Recipients will be contacted by phone to confirm orders and when to pick them up.

To see the three featured shirts, check out the group’s Facebook page: IAFF local 4609.

Other officers include Josh McCord, secretary, and Drew Pfeiffer, treasurer.


Sulphur Springs PFA

Sulphur Springs Professional Firefighters Association Local 3237 is what members call a “new old organization.”

“We had an association a while back and have brought it back. We just started back. We’ve been working on getting it going for four months; just this month we got it going,” explained Local 3237 President Danny Haywood.

Other officers of the newly re-formed firefighters’ group include David James, vice president; Rodney Caudle, treasurer; Jay McKee, secretary; and shift stewards Doug Clay, Joseph Evans and Mackey Maxwell.

Local 3237 wants to establish a visible and active presence in the community through charitable projects. They will be working in conjunction with Hopkins County Emergency Medical Service, which hosts the annual 5K run to benefit breast cancer awareness efforts. This year’s run is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Their first fundraising effort will be a T-shirt fundraiser to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation and local charities. They are offering a blue T-shirt with pink lettering and a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon flanked with pink wings, and the words hope, courage and strength.

Those wishing to show support of Local 3237, breast cancer awareness efforts and local charities can do so by purchasing a T-shirt for $20 each. The association is offering the shirts for special order through Monday, Sept 16. After that the shirts will be available for purchase on an availability basis.

Call or text information to 903-440-2738 to order a shirt from the Sulphur Springs PFA.

More information about Local 3237, including an image of the T-shirt, can be found on their Facebook book page: Sulphur Springs Professional Firefighters Association.




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