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Firefighter Gets Ride on Pink Firetruck After Double Mastectomy

Firefighter Gets Ride on Pink Firetruck After Double Mastectomy
(Kim Strickland via msn.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:20 AM

A firefighter got to ride on a pink firetruck home from the hospital after going through a double mastectomy, a surprise arranged by her fellow firefighters.

Kim Strickland, a 20-year veteran of the Broadway Fire Department in Anderson County, South Carolina, was recently diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer and underwent the surgery this month, WFYY-TV reported.

When doctors discharged Strickland from Anderson's AnMed Health Women and Children's Hospital last week, she was greeted by the pink firetruck, borrowed from the Berea Fire Department in Greenville County, to bring her home.

"I was very shocked and surprised and it was just overwhelming," Strickland, 46, told WYFF-TV last Friday. "I saw the people and saw that firetruck, and found out what it meant, and why it was in service, and it meant even more, and they put my name on the side so that everywhere the truck goes, now I go with them."

Berea's pink fire truck helped the firefighters there back the "On Fire For a Cure" program, which raises money for cancer research, according to the Anderson Independent Mail. The engine displays the names of 43 people who have fought cancer, many of them connected to firefighters.

"People who are fighting cancer sometimes feel they don't have anything to smile about," Berea Sgt. Bruce Blakely told the Independent Mail. "We want to do whatever we can to bolster their spirits, to celebrate every little victory. So when we heard about Kim, we knew we had to drive the truck to her."

Blakely told the newspaper that while the engine is officially retired from fire runs, it is doing some of its most important work in terms of awareness.

There was little surprise that firefighters rallied around Strickland, the daughter of the late Gary Strickland, an Anderson County firefighter for more than 40 years.

"It's just a family thing," Broadway Fire Chief David Burnette told the Independent Mail. "We are a family of firefighters and you treat your family the best way you know how, especially when the times are tough. Kim is vital to us. She keeps the family together. She is our heartbeat."

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