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UPDATE: Monarch Firefighters Allowed to Wear Pink T-Shirts This Month

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Update:

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) - There has been a resolution in the controversy involving Monarch Fire Protection District firefighters collecting for St. Luke’s Hospital Life and Hope Fund.

Board President Robin Harris told KMOX that the firefighters will be able to wear pink shirts bearing their union patches, as long as they wear their Monarch ID’s as well.

Harris said Tuesday he was concerned that since the public can buy the same t-shirts, residents would be unable to differentiate between firefighters, EMS, and the general public.

He also questioned whether the design featuring a union logo on the right sleeve interfered with the Pink Heels logo. The organization had asked that their logo not be changed.

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Our previous story:

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) - A fight between firefighters and their governing board over pink t-shirts has community members outraged.

At a Monarch Fire Board meeting on Tuesday night, residents lined up to speak, demanding that firefighters be allowed to wear pink shirts to support breast cancer awareness and the Pink Heels campaign during the month of October, as they have in the past.

Monarch Fire Protection District Board President Robin Harris said he doesn’t like the design because it has a union logo on the sleeve but angry citizens scolded the board, saying it was using breast cancer fundraising as a political tool in a fight against the union.

“You have to pick your battles and this is so minute because you don’t want to get a new logo,” one resident told Harris.

Harris is also concerned that since the public can buy the same t-shirts, residents will be unable to differentiate between firefighters, EMS, and the general public.

“About two weeks ago we had a complaint about the recognition of one of our firefighters on duty,” Harris said Tuesday. He says that if the logo is removed and a safeguard is put in place against impersonation, the firefighters can begin wearing the shirts again.

“I am directing the chief to provide a method to me no later than tomorrow which will allow Monarch personnel to be immediately recognizable to the public,” Harris said.

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