Local firefighters and law enforcement officers across the country are adding a hint of color to their uniforms this week.


      Local firefighters and law enforcement officers across the country are adding a hint of color to their uniforms this week.
     Firefighters with the Dodge City Fire Department and Ford County Fire/EMS are wearing pink shirts today for "Cares Enough to Wear Pink," a national campaign sponsored by the nonprofit organization Guardians of the Ribbon. The campaign, which began Tuesday and runs through today, is designed to raise people's awareness of cancer.
     Officers with the Dodge City Police Department and Ford County Sheriff's Office are joining the campaign, but with a twist, fire/EMS Lt. Kimberly Stegman said Wednesday. Since they cannot replace their traditional vests with the pink T-shirts, they are wearing the shirts under their vests.
     "You may see some of them with the pink sticking out of the top of their vest, but they weren't actually able to give up theirs for safety reasons," Stegman said.
     Guardians of the Ribbon estimates that more than 2,500 fire and police departments across the United States are participating in the campaign, which supports all types of cancer relief.
     But there's more to the "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign than just T-shirts.
     As part of the campaign, the Guardians of the Ribbon are driving a fleet of pink fire trucks across the country to promote cancer awareness. The "Pink Heals Tour" started earlier this year and is making its way to Kansas.
     People can check out the pink fire trucks  between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Boot Hill Parking lot. The event is free and open to the public.
     "We want people to come down on their lunch breaks, to come down and see the trucks," Stegman said. "Come down and meet the founder of a wonderful organization. If you're a survivor, a battler, if you've lost someone — all those people can come out to sign the trucks and get their names out there."
     The "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign and "Pink Heals Tour" are designed to boost awareness of the cause but are not fundraisers.

     EDITOR'S NOTE: Some T-shirts are still available for $20 apiece. For more information, call Stegman at Ford County Fire/EMS, 227-4638.

     Reach Eric Swanson  at (620) 408-9917 or email him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com.