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Firefighters to turn Tyler pink

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 10:21am

To raise awareness of women’s cancer, Tyler Firefighters urge area public safety officers, businesses, schools and citizens to wear pink on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to show that “Tyler cares enough to wear pink”. The entire community is invited to come to the Downtown Square in their pink shirts for the third annual TURN TYLER PINK event from 5-8 p.m.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, Turn Tyler Pink shirts can be purchased at:

Gallery Main Street – 110 W. Erwin; and
Holiday Inn South Broadway – 5701 S. Broadway.

In addition to the sale of T-Shirts, the firefighters will also be giving away a commemorative quilt. Tickets for the quilt are $5 each or five for $20 and are available from members of the TPFFA Ladies Auxiliary, the Tyler Fire Department Administration, Gallery Main Street, and Citizens State Bank located at 3915 SSW Loop 323.

The quilt is constructed from past Tyler Fire Fighters CARE shirts and was made by the Nimble Thimbles. (Special thanks to Sue Spivey, the mother of Firefighter Cordell Parker, who organized the project.) Construction of the quilt took more than 245 hours. The quilt is on display at Fire Station # 5.

Proceeds from the sale of Turn Tyler Pink items benefit local cancer organizations. In 2011, the Tyler Firefighters CARE Fund donated more than $17,000 to organizations that support the fight against cancer.

The Tyler Firefighters’ sale of the pink shirts began in 2008 when the wife of a fellow firefighter was struck with cancer. To raise funds to help the family, the department raised $12,000 by selling pink shirts. In 2009, the effort grew significantly with an event held on the Downtown Square that attracted more than 500 people who wore pink in support of women who are fighting cancer.

This year’s event on the square will feature a live performance by the group Breaking Southwest. Band members Kent and Kyle started playing together in the Spring of 2010 in an apartment in North Dallas. By 2011 they had added an outstanding fiddle/piano player in Shannon Ward, as well the extremely talented Bryan Meggison on bass, and Kerry West on the drums. Now with their second CD, "Reckless & Wild", they bring a new sound to country music that truly makes them unique. For more information, go to http://www.breakingsouthwest.com/.

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