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Tyler firefighters: Real men wear pink

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The Tyler Fire Department is proving that real men can wear pink. October is breast cancer awareness month and the Tyler Fire Department is kicking it off with "Turn Tyler Pink."

By 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, the square will be packed with hundreds of people wearing matching shirts in bright pink or black. The event is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday on the square. This is the event's sixth year.

The Fire Department has been selling t-shirts, hoodies, and baseball caps to raise money for local cancer organizations.

It began in 2008 when the department set out to support a fellow firefighter's wife who was battling breast cancer. They never thought it would be such a success and the head of Turn Tyler Pink, Captain Steve Countryman, says it's growing every year.

"It was never in our wildest dreams; as a matter of fact, when we ordered the very first shirts, we had a great debate on how many shirts to order. We finally compromised and ordered 500, and those were all sold before we got the first order, and we've been selling about three thousand every year since," he said.

Capt. Countryman says he has no plans of giving up his position next year; he'll continue to head up this event because it has been such a success, each year raising about $15,000.

This year the goal is to make the event kid-friendly with clowns and performers from local schools.

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