FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and various Flagler County law enforcement departments are showing support by making some additions to patrol vehicles.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an estimated 43,550 women will die from breast cancer this year in the United States.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), Flagler Beach Police Department (FBPD) and the Bunnell Police Department (BPD) unveiled new breast cancer customized patrol cars to raise awareness for the fight against the invasive disease that has affected so many women across America.
“One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “It’s one of the most common cancers for women. Men can also get it, but it’s not as common. Regardless of sex, early detection is the key to making sure it doesn’t become fatal. That’s why we’re doing this special car. I hope it will inspire people to RISE and get checked out right away.”
The FCSO Dodge Charger replaced the normal gold accents with pink accents and added a breast cancer ribbon on the hood. The vehicle will be driven by a patrol deputy and become a permanent addition the FSCO fleet, according to Staly.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office will also wear a pink band around their badges until the end of October to remember those who have died due to the disease.
The FBPD debuted pink ribbons on the hoods of two patrol vehicles driven by Chief Matthew Doughney, a Ford F-150 and an unmarked Ford Taurus. Both vehicles will be regularly seen on the streets of Flagler Beach during October.
“Our united law enforcement community here in Flagler County is encouraging everyone to RISE and join the fight against breast cancer,” Doughney said. “Please help spread the word about the importance of breast cancer screening so we can tackle this fight together.”
The BPD converted one of its Ford Explorers into a pink-and-white themed vehicle donned in pink ribbons on the hood and side doors. It also features the phrases “Hope, Strength, & Love” written on the hood and “We love Bunnell” on the back window.
“Many in our profession and in our own families too often face this dreaded disease, which, if detected early, can often be cured,” said BPD Chief David Brannon. “We RISE with the family of law enforcement in the effort to bring greater awareness to all communities about breast cancer, encourage early regular screening and support everyone fighting the good fight.”