October 1 was the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since pink is the color associated with the month, Ripley EMS personnel are wearing pink shirts as part of their uniform.
Jackson County EMS Director Steve McClure stated that he wanted the citizens in the county to know that he and his crew care about those who have breast cancer, those in remission and honor those who have passed away from the disease.
"This month," said McClure, "we decided to support breast cancer awareness and make a few statements, so you will see throughout the month us wearing kind of different uniforms. It's a T-shirt that says, 'EMS cares' with the pink ribbon logo.
The new uniform is not the only item that signifies EMS' support.
Said McClure, "We have even put pink ribbon decals on our ambulances that were donated by Custom Detail in Ripley. We basically want to make a statement that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we want everyone to consider that."
He continued, "If they would look, probably at least one member of their family or extended family has been touched by breast cancer in one form or another. I've had family who went through that and they are survivors."
McClure stated that early detection is very important step to treating the disease.
Said the EMS director, "In some of the research I've done, if breast cancer is detected early enough, there is a 96 percent five-year survival rate."
McClure finished, "It's an extremely important issue. Early detection and treatment is extremely important in survival rates."