Williamstown EMTs Are Pretty In Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness MonthBy Andy McKeever
12:37PM / Monday, October 08, 2012
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Village Ambulance employees are garnering a lot of attention this month for looking pretty... in pink.
EMTs and staff are wearing pink uniforms to show their support for breast cancer awareness month.
The staff designed embroidered polo shirts — with a pink ribbon on the
left right side and a their logo on the right left — to wear for the month of October.
"We wanted to do something fun, something different to show our support,"Angela Swistak, who was one of the employees behind the idea, said on Friday.
Swistak and her co-worker Sean Peltier thought it up in the summer and had Cheshire-based Grapevine Embroidery & Design embroider the shirts — after receiving approval from the boss of course. And when the shirts came in last week, nearly all of the staff jumped on board to don the pink.
"We've had an overwhelming response," Swistak said. "Every year now we'll do this."
The polo-shirts have not only been highly supported by staff but everywhere they go, they are hearing compliments. From emergency room staff in multiple hospitals to nursing homes, the shirts are gaining attention. Godfrey said an Albany-based TV station called in the morning after hearing from staff at Albany Medical Center about the shirts.
"We've been getting a lot of feedback from emergency room staff," General Manager Shawn Godfrey said. "We've got an amazingly positive response."
The support is another level for the ambulance company which already has rainbow ribbons on their vehicles in a sign of support for all types of cancer.