The “Crusader” Pink Pumper
The Pink Pumper project and its corresponding committee are a combined
effort between Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the Professional Firefighters & Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Local 2928 IAFF and the Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Benevolent Fund, Inc. The Pink Pumper is owned, maintained and housed by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. It is used for community outreach and
education for all three entities with a volunteer crew.
Our local firefighter/paramedics are donating their own time to reach out to the community about cancer awareness.
About the Pink Pumper
The retired county fire engine, appropriately named "The Crusader"
will be on a 'crusade' to raise awareness about cancer within our community.
People who have suffered through the battle of cancer themselves
will be able to sign the truck as a rolling memorial and a testament
to the reality that the fight can be won!
The pink pumper was dedicated in 2012 to two firefighter families
who lost loved ones to cancer -- one from male breast cancer
and one from female breast cancer. In 2013, the side panel of the Pink Pumper
was dedicated to a Palm Beach County Fire Safety Specialist who passed away
after a long fight with breast cancer.
PBCFR Firefighter/Driver Operator Mike "Lefty" Thompson
lost his battle to male breast cancer in 2009. One of his last dying wishes was for his family and friends to continue the crusade to educate the public about one uncommonly known fact: breast cancer is a non-gender specific disease. Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer also. The driver’s side door of the “Crusader” Pink Pumper has been dedicated to Mike “Lefty” Thompson.
Beloved PBCFR 911 Dispatch Supervisor Nancy Simpson
lost her long battle with breast cancer in 2008 after four sessions of chemotherapy. Throughout it all, she never lost her sense of humor. The passenger side door
of the Pink Pumper has been dedicated in her honor.
Fire Safety Specialist Heather Mahoney-Willhite fought a 9 year battle with breast cancer. Heather was never willing to just take cancer as it came. She fought with style, grace and on her terms. All the way to the end, she was able to say,"I did it my way." Unfortunately, on August 8, 2013 Heather lost her fight. The driver's side panel of the Pink Pumper is dedicated in Heather's honor.
Despite the popular association between the color pink and breast cancer, the Pink Pumper will actually represent the battle against ALL CANCERS.
Especially, since we have learned over the years, that cancer is a troubling and growing problem in the fire service. There is a current national study to identify what is the connection between being exposed to hazardous materials and substances during a fire service career and the higher incidence of cancer amongst firefighters nationwide.
We thank Murphy’s Paint and Body Shop in West Palm Beach and its crew for graciously helping us with the cause by painting the truck. The Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Benevolent Fund, Inc. funded the cost of painting the truck.
Crusade for a Cure:
Hope for the Cause
Posing with the Pumper