The fight between the mayor and a town’s fire department had residents seeing red. The fight, over whether or not fire fighters should be allowed to wear pink shirts in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity brought national scrutiny to the small town.

After the disagreement over garb made national headlines, city residents and cancer survivors planned to protest the mayor at city hall, and lined up in droves to voice criticism of the mayor and ask him to reconsider his position.

The mayor originally denied the request by the fire department to change their shirts from the contractually required blue to a breast-cancer pink. But the mayor said that violating the contract for this disease would open the city up to requests to wear different shirts for numerous illnesses.

On Thursday, October 11, the mayor relented and gave his permission to wear pink in October.
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