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Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:26 am, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Lodi firefighters are raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by hosting two fundraising nights at Chili’s Restaurant and selling T-shirts at the fire station.

Eight firefighters and three Lodi council members showed up in their pink shirts — which include a pink ribbon and say “Lodi Fire Dept.” on the back — at the council’s meeting Wednesday night.

Mayor Bob Johnson gave a proclamation recognizing the firefighters for promoting cancer awareness to Brad Doell, the Lodi Professional Firefighters Association president.

“We decided to go pink,” Doell said.

Chief Dan Haverty purchased shirts for every member of the department in memory of his father and sister, who passed away from cancer.

Johnson reminded everyone that breast cancer can affect men, too, including his friend and former Galt Mayor Tony Gora, who died of the disease.

“There is nothing selective about this deadly illness,” Johnson said.

Want to help out? You can purchase a pink T-shirt for $12 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at all of the Lodi fire stations as well as the department’s administration building at 25 E. Pine St.

Station locations are 210 W. Elm St., 705 E. Lodi Ave., 2141 S. Ham Lane and 180 N. Lower Sacramento Road.

Firefighters will also sell T-shirts at the Lodi Street Faire on Oct. 2.

They also will raise money during two days at Chili’s Grill and Bar, 2745 W. Kettleman Lane. Firefighters will be at the restaurant on Oct. 19 and 26 and collect donations. Servers will also wear the pink T-shirts.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/city_buzz.

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