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Fire Fighters Local 283 kicks off annual t-shirt fundraiser

Fighting for a cure This is the front view, left, and back view of the 2020 T-shirt being sold now by Salem Fire Fighters Local 283 in support of breast cancer awareness. Supporters can start ordering shirts today through the Promos Unlimited website at www.promos-unlimited.com by clicking on the fundraising tab and looking for Salem F.D. The fire union will donate proceeds to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center in Youngstown. (Image provided by Salem Fire Fighters Local 283)

SALEM — Once again, Salem fire personnel will proudly wear pink to support breast cancer awareness in October and they’re selling T-shirts so residents can do the same.

Salem Firefighter Kevin Bryan unveiled this year’s new T-shirt look and announced how area residents can place their orders beginning today at www.promos-unlimited.com under the fundraising tab and Salem FD. The fundraiser is by the Salem Fire Fighters Local 283, the union representing the city’s fire department.

On the front of the black T-shirt, this year’s design features a pink outline of a ribbon with a previous Salem Fire Department logo in white in the center and Fighting for a Cure at the top of the ribbon. The International Association of Fire Fighters symbol is on the right-hand part of the ribbon. On the back, the International Association of Fire Fighters symbol is shown large with the letters in pink and a hose with a nozzle tied like a ribbon, also in pink. Salem Fire Fighters Local 283 Fighting for a Cure wraps around the top of the symbol in white.

The cost is $12 for T-shirts, $18 for long-sleeve T-shirts and $28 for hoodies. The cost for shirts 2x and above will require an additional $2 for each type of shirt. Orders will be taken for the next two weeks. Then a week later, another round of orders will be taken.

Buyers will be notified when shirts can be picked up at the fire station public entrance off of Filbert. The plan is for shirts to be ready for October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bryan said if someone orders a shirt and wants to just drive up behind the fire station for curbside pickup, they just need to call ahead at 330-337-3053 to make arrangements.

The Salem fire union has been bringing awareness to the fight against breast cancer for several years now with the T-shirt sales and wearing of pink. Bryan said a lot of fire departments have adopted this type of fundraiser, with the International Association of Fire Fighters conducting a campaign every year in October.

Locally, proceeds will be donated to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center in Youngstown. In the past four years, the Salem fire personnel have raised close to $5,000 to donate to the cause.

mgreier@att.net

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