On Thursday March 15th, 2018, at 5:00 pm Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District (SMFR), located at 2451 Trailmate Drive, Sarasota, Florida, presented a check to the Cancer Support Network at its regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners Meeting. Firefighter/EMT/ Fire Inspector Larry Betts along with other personnel developed a “blue T-shirt” representing “Firefighter Cancer Awareness”.
All of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts went towards increasing cancer awareness, education and prevention of cancer within the fire service community. Statistics show that 2 out of every 3 firefighters will develop some type of cancer during their career. In support of these efforts departments from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte County wore these shirts during the month of August 2017. The funds raised during this campaign total $5,500.