They work hard valley wide keeping our communities safe. But the life saving work of local law enforcement will take on a new meaning for the month of October. They’re wearing pink patches for Breast Cancer Awareness. According to retired Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall, “As law enforcement, we’re always wanting to be there for others. You’re wanting to protect people.”
18 valley agencies, including the Clovis, Fresno, Kerman and Reedley Police Departments, and the Fresno and Madera County Sheriff’s Departments will don pink patches– each designed uniquely for each department. Former Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall came out of retirement to help with the project. His wife is recovering from breast cancer. ” It’s a tough thing. It’s really close to myself, but it’s also just affects so many people in the valley ” says Basgall.
The patches will be available for purchase for $10 each with all the proceeds benefiting patients at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center at the Community Cancer Institute. The money will stay local providing services like transportation. “We’re also able to host support groups so local cancer patients can get together and support each other. We can bring in speakers to help educate our patients,” says Alexandra Castillo with the Community Cancer Institute.
So over the course of the next month, be on the lookout for pink patches. A symbol of local officers protecting our communities in a whole new way. “That’s our DNA. That’s what we do. This is just one more way of us giving back to something so important,” says Basgall.
Participating agencies include: Clovis Police Department, Clovis Unified School District Police Services, Clovis Community Security, Coalinga Police Dept., Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Fowler Police Dept., Fresno Airport police Dept., Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Fresno Police Dept., Fresno State Police Dept., Kerman Police Dept., Kingsburg Police Dept., Madera County Sheriff’s Dept., Mendota Police Dept., Reedley Police Dept., Selma Police Dept.
For more information go to https://www.communitymedical.org/pinkpatch