SPD dons pink to raise awareness

Sandusky police will fully unveil their new navy-blue uniforms by the First of November, but in the meantime, local residents may spot another addition to their garb.
Courtney Astolfi
Sep 22, 2013

 

During the month of October, as homage to Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sandusky police will sport pink badges.

The special-occasion badges mirror officers’ everyday badges — the state Seal framed by the words “Sandusky Ohio,” with each officer’s information etched into the metal. But the badge’s rose-pink hue will surely inspire residents to take a second glance.

Sandusky police Chief John Orzech first pitched the idea to various supervisors in a meeting earlier this year.

“I was hoping a dozen or so guys maybe would be interested,” Orzech said.

But the response was overwhelming. All but one officer decided to don the pink placards. “Cancer affects so many people throughout our community,” Orzech said. “There’s a stigma of wearing pink, but I figured if NFL football players can do it for a month, so can we.”

The city’s top cop hopes the badges will bring awareness to residents and inspire some jovial conversations between them and officers. “And I’m sure there’ll be some goodnatured ribbing from others,” Orzech said. Orzech foresees the pink badges will become an annual tradition for his police force. “That’s kind of the goal. Once they do it this year, it’ll just turn into a tradition,” he said. Orzech said officers purchased the badges with their own money, or they used their annual uniform allotment.

Sandusky firefighters said they’re also planning to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Comments

sandusky2012

lets have one for child abuse month also .Or maybe SPD doesnt care about these children?

From the Grave

If I were a cop, I wouldn't be out dealing with morons who will certainly question your manhood(for wearing pink)as you arrest them. Wear a ribbon on your off time.

The Answer Person

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

MrSandusky

Who is not aware of Breast Cancer, and how is wearing pink going to make these people aware of it?

Dont Worry Be Happy

Read my response below mrsandusky.

bondgirlM

Yeah I am sick of the pink. I think we all understand how important monthly self breast exams and mammograms are. Geez it's invaded the football world and just about everything else, now the police force?

Dont Worry Be Happy

Bondgirl..I can not believe what I just read from you. You apparently are a girl and are putting down breast cancer awareness being represented by the color pink.

No...not everyone understands how important monthly and yearly exam are. Many women just like men are afraid of what they may find out in a routine exam so they just don't get them, then many times its to late.

The color pink has helped so many men and women going through the breast cancer battle. Its comforting to many to wear pink as a symbol they are going to fight like crazy to win. The color pink is also a way to show people I fought like crazy and I did win!!!

I'm proud to wear pink as a symbol that the people I love fought breast cancer and WON!!! And i get to buy them pink and i get to see them wear pink I didn't have to bury them in pink.

As you can see I'm pretty ticked off that as a women you could be so cold to say what you
did. I pray that you nor anyone you love ever gets breast cancer.

Morningbreezes1

To Don't Worry Be Happy... Thank you so much for your comments. I too am proud to wear Pink! I had breast cancer twice, and by the grace of God, early detection, and the great staff at North Coast Cancer Care. We fought these battles and won! To all the folks that have the snide comments... So be it. You remember that cancer does not discriminate It can strike anyone at anytime. I thank God that I had great friends & A loving and understanding family. Kuddos to the SPD!
P.S... As for the person wanting to know the cost of the badges??? PRICELESS. If seeing one of those badges reminds someone to get a Mammogram, and in return, saves a life.. It's well worth the cost.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Morningbreeze, congratulations on your fight not once but twice. You go girl :-)

bondgirlM

I am just sick of seeing it everywhere and I have had cancer. I am a survivor but I would not want to see a color assigned to the kind of cancer I had nor would I wear it. What's it suppose to mean, you care more than I do because you do wear it. I stand by my statement.

Dr. Information

When I see pink, I think of breast cancer or cancer awareness in general for women. Actually my wife saw some NFL players wearing pink in a game last year and said to herself, oh shoot, I better get in and get my yearly, I almost forgot.

The color is a reminder to get your yearly exams done, it has nothing to do with one caring more than the other. That is just an immature statement.

YoMamma

How much did this cost and how will it make them do their job better? I would like to know how much the new uniforms are costing as well! What was wrong with the current uniforms?

tk

This is something positive. Why turn it into a negative?

brassman

Because that's what they do on here

deertracker

You are so right! They are supporting our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters! How can that be a bad thing? Remember guys, men do get breast cancer also!

Dont Worry Be Happy

Amen deertracker.

Tru Grit

Great idea!! They will look sharp. Glad to see them moving to different uniforms as well. The cost isn't much really compared to what they pay for new vehicles, guns, tasers, etc, etc. it really is a crime so many people on here do one thing and bash the police or anything good natured. I would say get a life but you already have one and I'm pretty sure my tax dollars one way or another are paying for some of you trash buckets to live.

Tru Grit

Great idea!! They will look sharp. Glad to see them moving to different uniforms as well. The cost isn't much really compared to what they pay for new vehicles, guns, tasers, etc, etc. it really is a crime so many people on here do one thing and bash the police or anything good natured. I would say get a life but you already have one and I'm pretty sure my tax dollars one way or another are paying for some of you trash buckets to live.

Yellow Snow

Too bad it doesn't say cancer awareness, 'cause when men wear pink I think of a different popular awareness program. It would be cool to offer a drop box for tax deductible donations at the stations. Even 50-cent or a dollar donations could buy these guys badges. Best of luck, and thanks for the support!

bobshumway92

Will the new uniforms consist of skirts for the men to go along with the pink badges? Give me a break.

YoMamma

Maybe the simple fact that it is not the police dept. roll to make a statement. What's next eye patches for pirate day?

sandusky2012

no I think its zombie day I wonder if the new chief will allow them to dress up for halloween? Oh i forgot they can be rent a cops!!!

tk

What a shame you are talking this way about men and women who protect you. Weren't you talking out of the other side of your mouths when Officer Dunn was killed?

BEHAPPY

I think it's a great idea! Too many haters around~they hate EVERYTHING!

Sandusksquach

"Celebrate" Breast Caner Awareness Month?

Señor Clown

I questioned that too.

SamAdams

I think it's great that the police department is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I agree with everybody here who's wondering what could be next. It also seems unfair to set aside a month for breast cancer and ignore larger killers like heart disease. And I get that breasts are more attractive than prostate glands, but which cancer is more common, eh?

Breast cancer got good press. I don't object to that. I just think it's a shame that other more prevalent diseases haven't. As for the police department's participation, well, will they also wear rainbow badges anytime soon? Or another "cancer color?" And if they don't, isn't that discriminatory?

While the police are here to protect and serve, they are NOT on the job to make political statements or public service announcements whether we support those positions or not. The fact that it opens up a potential for demands of other recognitions is almost secondary.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Seriously....what's wrong with you people. Let them do something good this once and hopefully it will continue onto more good things. Why do people bash everything the SPD does. They are doing this for their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, neighbors, even you women who blog bad things about them, they do this for all women and men.

SamAdams

Okay, fair enough. But what are the police doing for our husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, neighbors, and even men like Big Dog who blog here? And what are the police doing for all of our family and friends who are gay? And what are the police doing for all of the children born with handicaps? Or for the children who were aborted?

Nobody is saying that breast cancer is good or that awareness is bad. The POINT here involves the police department making a statement such as this which singles out a cause, ANY cause.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Maybe Sam they are supporting their wives and they really feel the need to wear pink for them. Maybe they choose this particular one because its their way of saying hey hon I'm wearing this pink badge because I love you. And in the back of their mind they are saying...I'm doing this to let you know that I care about you and I'm sorry that I have missed most of your birthdays, I have missed most of the kids birthdays, I have missed almost every Christmas since we have been married, I'm sorry that you don't get good sleep every night because you are worried that I may not walk back in that door, but I thank you for always being there for me and understanding my job. So I'm wearing this pink badge for you, my mother, my sister, my aunt, and my daughter.

Who knows Sam if that's what they are thinking but it sounds pretty damn good to me and I will never doubt it. Like I said before badges only come in so many colors SPD is trying to do something nice let them do it and just maybe the badge makers will add a few more colors on the list.

bobshumway92

Supporting their wives? The women on the police force are married to women?

Dont Worry Be Happy

OK the very few that are women working at the PD I'm sorry but I would like to think they enjoy the pink badges for breast cancer awareness and for their loved ones as well.

SamAdams

You continue to miss the point. Again, breast cancer awareness is all fine and wonderful as is being supportive of all of the women in your life. The POINT is where the line is drawn on the official taking up of causes. Seriously, rainbow badges to support gay equality? Yellow to support an end to the wars overseas?

There are myriad important "awareness" campaigns out there. You can support any one, or any combination, of them. But when you make something official, you open yourself up to demands you make OTHER causes JUST as official.

Dr. Information

Sam, being gay doesn't kill you. You don't have to worry about going to get a yearly exam to check if you are gay. Supporting the troops? Each police department has a USA flag flying year round in support of our nation and those that defend it. Cancer doesn't pick and choose, THAT is why people wear pink for cancer awareness month. I can't believe some make such a big deal out of a good thing.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Thank you Dr. Information

Dont Worry Be Happy

:-)

bondgirlM

they might be :)

sandusky2012

I think that their badge should be of the American flag to honor those whom have served our country.. unless the police department doesn't believe in this cause of respecting our military veterans. Maybe all the officers should shave their heads also to show support for all those children whom have cancer like at st Jude hospital. or maybe they just don't care about them children?

YouDon'tSay

What's your deal about SPD and not liking children? A lot of them have children of their own!

gennycreamale

I think its great. What is up with the one loser who would not do it?????

sandusky2012

he was the smart one

Dont Worry Be Happy

If you all want a American flag on the badge or child abuse color on the badge or the color purple for Lupus etc etc etc, then maybe you should start a business that's sells them. Because badges only come in so many colors and meanings I'm sure if they could get a hold of more they would get them. I'm pretty sure this pink badge just came available.

Unassumer

If you'd all lay off the Diet soda and aspertame, you might not have to worry about breast cancer. While supporting causes is all well and good, there are so many it can make your head spin. Why the police picked this one over others is odd but is the most popular out there. That's why I'd leave it to Susan G. Komen.

starryeyes83

Very, very good point about artificial/ chemical sweetners.

People drink diet pop like water and yet, the cancer rates and obesity, and diabetes rates keep going up.

Red Baron

How ridiculous. Pink Washing public servants.
Watch the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. and expose this scam.

MrSandusky

Who is not aware of Breast Cancer, and how is wearing pink going to make these people aware of it?

sandusky2012

free advertisement if you ask me .heck lets paint the cars pink this month too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! maybe we should think of stopping the crime not supporting politics maybe thats why our current chief only has an associates degree!!!!!

Kottage Kat

Everyone deserves a lifetime. Cancer in any form touches us all.
I am a cancer survivor and thank all who support CANCER AWARENESS

Kat
.

The Answer Person

The men of the Police Department really need to be increasing awareness of testicular cancer. The breast cancer programs and this Susan G. Komen (whomever she was...) have overwhelmed ALL other charities and events and pretty much ignored all others.

Truth or Dare

As these badges may show support for Breast Cancer Awareness, like the Red Baron suggested, watch the documentary, "Pink Ribbons, Inc.". What color might they wear for Ovarian Cancer, an even quieter stalker of women. So quiet the majority of women aren't even diagnosed until the 4th. stage, of which is far too late! There are no lumps to detect for that one! How about Uterine, Cervical, or Bone Cancer, Lymphoma, Testicular, Prostrate, Brain......and the list goes on! I don't know about anyone else, but when I find out that only 15-25 percent of my donation goes to the actual NOT FOR PROFIT cause, the rest to administration and employees, sorry, you've lost my monetary support.

Personally I choose to donate to Erie County Cancer Society. Why? My gift stays home and helps someone within our area with gas to their next appointment for treatment, their bills, food. Cause anyone who has experienced personally or a has had a loved one diagnosed with cancer, any kind and especially the terminal kind, knows the financial burden such an illness brings with it!

With that said, keep in mind folks, REAL MEN AREN'T AFRAID TO WEAR THE COLOR PINK, be it a badge, a shirt, a tie, or a pair of golf pants/shorts or whatever.

meowmix

I have quite a few female family members who have gotten and beat breast cancer and no a single one of them sport pink ribbons or wear pink t-shirts or have anything to do with the color pink. They got cancer and they beat it--enough said. They didn't want the pity party when they had cancer and certainly doesn't feel the need to let the whole world know they had it. I have to agree with SamAdams who thought more awareness should be raised regarding prostate cancer. More and more men are being diagnosed with it too late to effectively treat it.

Dont Worry Be Happy

How dare you say breast cancer patient wear pink for pity you are..... I cant even say! I'm so embarressed how many of you think.

I don't wear pink for pity I wore it to show support that several people I love have breast cancer.

Sometimes people need to not say anything if you can't say anything nice.

I go to about 20 something fundraisers a year supporting all kinds of causes and never never would I ever say anything like you and SamA have said, some of these fundraisers I go to I may not support 100% but if my friends support it I support them, its called being nice.

KnuckleDragger

Then you must be dismayed that the foundation uses only about 20% of the money it makes for research into a cure. It looks from the research that I did they spend the largest portion of donations on "public education." It was found through independent research that their public education program was mostly a multimillion dollar ad campaign to soak more money from people, there is very little education going on at all. In fact the person in charge of the organization makes more money than the President at over $550K/yr to be exact.

Dont Worry Be Happy

I know how much money goes to research for most organazations, I do my research. I only give to local organizations as well.

This story is about awareness!!! Its not abut giving them money. People are loosing focus to the story. I swear 80% of the people who live in this area are not happy about anything!

People shouldn't have to be educated on what money goes to administration or to the research its up to each person to figure that out. Then support how they wish.

If the officers want to SPEND THEIR OWN MONEY on a new badge then let them. As i said before the badge company only carries so many kind of badges, its not like you can order anything you want.

SPD I think what you are doing is wonderful...I'm sorry you have so many critics...it seems like every time you all try doing something nice you always get torn apart...keep your chins up and Thank you all for keeping our streets as safe as possible.

starryeyes83

If people aren't aware by now, after all these years. They never will be.

Dont Worry Be Happy

If people aren't aware of how bad drugs are for you, after all these years. We wouldn't need the police.

If people aren't aware that stealing is wrong, after all these years. We wouldn't need the police.

Do I need to continue???

starryeyes83

Oh, are stealing and drugs "health" related?

With colored ribbons?

Dont Worry Be Happy

Drug addiction does have a awareness color. My point is people should be smarter not to do drugs or steal and they should be smart enough to do monthly exams but they don't. So you still need awareness.

meowmix

Four out of nine women on my mother's side have had breast cancer--hell, I'm probably next but I won't be sporting a pink ribbon to advertise it. Starry is 100% correct, if women aren't aware of it by now they must have been living under a rock for the past twenty years. I'd rather they pin dog treats to their shirt to promote support of the local human society. The SK foundation is crooked and proved they could be bought out.

starryeyes83

The hard , harsh fact is this:

Big drug companies will never "allow" a cure. No matter how much research or charities raise money or awareness.

Why? PROFITS!

Because too many people in the drug companies and big charities are making too much profit, now. It's their bread and butter - their cash cow.

Before people post "I may not have had loved ones go through this ".... etc.

Yes, I have. And none of them held any illusions at all.

Scarlett

Seems to me that the pink badge is doing its job. People are talking about it and they haven't even started wearing them yet so awareness is spreading! Good job SPD!

Dont Worry Be Happy

:-)

Morningbreezes1

:}

starryeyes83

I was aware of the awareness years ago. Don't need a color or a month for it.

Julie R.

I think this is a nice gesture. My aunt died of breast cancer. In fact, her son-in-law is a Sandusky policeman.

Dr. Information

I think its a great gesture. Keep it going SPD.