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Firefighters wear pink, firefighter of the year named

Firefighters in Valdosta wore pink shirts Friday to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Firefighter Eddie Rodriguez came up with the idea and the fire chief designed the shirts that dozens of them wore Friday.

The shirts are for sale for $10 each and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Chief J.D. Rice says his sister is a breast cancer survivor.

"She was ecstatic when I told her we were going to do this," said Chief Rice. "It's great to do this for all folks who have suffered from breast cancer."

and some of the firefighters had to leave and they jumped in their trucks to respond to a fire alarm proudly wearing their shirts.

But before they took off and while everyone was gathered at the Valdosta Fire Department, the chief announce that Aaron Lyons is the 2011 firefighter of the year.

"I was asking the guys in my truck do you know about this? They said no," said Lyons. "My lieutenant, my sergeant taught me everything. I'm on a great truck great crew great dept."

Lyons received the honor for saving a child from drowning and for rescuing people from the balcony at the Commons Apartment Fire last month.

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