Fighting Fire And Breast Cancer In Newington

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It’s loud, large and making some noise in more ways than one. Simply speaking, it’s all in the detail.

Recently the Newington Fire Department re-wrapped one of its pump trucks, and people are pumped up about the pink engine.

The 45,000-pound, six-wheel fire truck is designed to raise money and awareness for fighting breast cancer and to benefit the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s new cancer center, which is under construction in New Britain. Newington fire fighters have been selling pink T-shirts and have raised more than $5,000 in just a few weeks.

“Everyone has somehow been affected by cancer, so this is our way of trying to help out,” said First LT. Paul Tesz, a 19-year veteran of the Newington Fire Department. “When we got offered the chance of a pink fire engine, we absolutely jumped on it.”

Donations were the driving force behind the truck. The cost to “wrap” the truck in pink is around $10,000. Sponsors such as Signs Now (which performed the detailing at a discount), Data Mail, the Greater Hartford Jaycees and Turnpike Motors Autobody have all pitched in to transform the truck. The pumper will stay pink through October, which is breast cancer awareness month.

For information on how to buy a pink Newington Fire Fighter T-shirt, click here to visit the fire department’s Facebook page. Just scroll down the page. T-shirts cost $20 and proceeds go to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s cancer center, which scheduled to open in 2015.

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