Members of the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department (ACFD) participated in the 2016 “Pink Heals” tour on June 4.
ACFD Firefighter-Paramedic Brandy Rice was among those who worked the event, she was part of the team who put the event together — along with Joann Bierle, from Cowley Health Assistance Resource Group (CHARG).
Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe and ACFD Lt. Kyle Riedl also were on hand to help at the event.
The Wichita chapter of Pink Heals comprises firefighters and various members of the community, as well as family members who donate time to travel around Kansas in a pink fire truck.
The fire truck that made its way to Arkansas City was named “Nicki,” after Nicki Janne. Janne is the wife of Richard Janne — a retiree from the Sedgwick County Fire Department who served for 34 years.
She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer before the fire truck was picked up in Lawrence — before it was painted pink.
“The sentiments that are written on our truck encourage those that are still fighting their battle to fight harder, and to let them all know that they are loved and cared about and are not alone in their fight,” according to www.pinkhealskansas.org.
The truck was in Arkansas City on the morning of June 4, available for survivors and survivor’s families to sign. A scheduled pull event was not held due to low registration numbers, however.
The event, held in Wilson Park, featured local vendors such as End of the Hunt — a local Gold Canyon Candle source — as well as sources for Premier Jewelry, Scentsy and more.