Charlotte 'Pink Lady' fire truck spreads breast cancer awareness
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CHARLOTTE – Breast cancer awareness month is in October, but the Charlotte Fire Department is making an effort to make breast cancer awareness a year-round thing.
They're doing it with their new "Pink Lady" fire truck, which you might have seen at a parade or in an event, or more recently, out in action.
It's all pink, even down to the hose, and the “Pink Lady” is officially in service.
"There are a lot of pink fire trucks in the country, but what's unique to ours is the fact that it's actually a working apparatus. So you will see it out on the street, you will see it responding to calls,” said Capt. Kim Homme, with Charlotte Fire Department No. 6.
Homme had the truck at her station the first month, and said she was proud to take it out on its first call.
"It affects me personally, because I am also a survivor,” she said. “I'm a 12-year survivor. I was diagnosed in 2000, went through several surgeries."
The fire department was a strong support system during her battle, and they're still supporting her today, through the pink lady.
"Traditionally, fire trucks are red, so people will come up and say, 'What's up with the pink truck?'" said Homme.
It's a great way to raise awareness about the disease and get the community involved.
"Just making a statement that we're here, we want to support awareness for it, and for people that are battling this disease,” she said.
Even down to the pink helmets, Homme says it's inspiring.
"Not many years ago, cancer was like a bad word,” said Homme. “No one wanted to talk about it, and here we are riding around in a pink fire truck, so I feel proud."
And in a predominately male-dominated field, the pink truck is actually something the guys are proud of.
"Those guys love it,” she said. “Not just secretly, they'll admit that they like riding in the pink truck."
And as folks on the road do double-takes and pull out their cameras to grab a picture, Homme said it's awesome for survivors such as herself.
"It's just so wonderful to know that we have the fire department and community behind us," said Homme.
The "Pink Lady" is now rotating through the different Charlotte Fire Department stations, so Homme says keep on the lookout, so you can catch it in action.