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Firefighters turn to high school students for pink T-shirt design
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Turlock Fire Engineer Kevin Tidwell shows off the 2014 design for the pink T-shirts. The firefighters are asking high school students to design the 2015 shirt. - photo by Journal file photo

For a few years now Turlock firefighters have been donning pink T-shirts each October to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, and this year’s shirts will feature the design work of a local high school student.

“We’ve had so much involvement the past couple of years with the schools and the district that we thought it would be a pretty cool idea to have a high school student create the design,” said Turlock Fire Capt. Frank Saldivar. “Hopefully we’ll see a lot of support for it and have the campaign embraced even more by the whole community.”

Turlock Firefighters Local #2434 is asking high school students in Turlock to design logos for the pink T-shirts that benefit the Bill and Elsie Ahlem Cancer Endowment. One winner’s design will be emblazoned on the 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign T-shirts that will be worn by the firemen and purchased by community members.

The logo design should incorporate some aspect of the fire service. Past designs have featured helmets, hoses and axes. All logos should include the pink cancer awareness ribbon and must have a themed slogan for this year’s campaign. The designs should also be no more than four colors, preferably ones that coordinate well with pink.

All designs must be turned into the school offices by 3 p.m. May 8.

The pink T-shirt campaign started by the firefighters’ union has generated thousands of dollars to the cancer endowment fund, with last year’s total alone an estimated $15,000, said Saldivar.