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Published on September 12, 2016

These rescuers’ latest fight is against breast cancerThese rescuers’ latest fight is against breast cancer

Firefighters Allen Riviera and Dan Lopes are a team while at work at the East Falmouth Fire Station – and in a very special cause for their community. The two men have combined their talents and energies to design and sell t-shirts to benefit the Clark Cancer Center at Falmouth Hospital.

They are also being sold to raise breast cancer awareness and as a prelude to breast cancer awareness month in October.

“Everybody knows somebody who has or had cancer,” said Dan Lopes, firefighter/paramedic. “My grandmother died from cancer.”

Allen Riviera firefighter/EMT designed the navy blue shirt. On the back, it features the fire fighters’ Maltese cross in dark pink, with the breast cancer awareness ribbon in lighter pink behind it. The Maltese cross signifies hope, strength, courage and faith. “Falmouth L-1397” is written across the top and bottom of the cross. The firefighters scramble insignia is on the left chest on the front of the shirt.

The t-shirts are for sale for $20 for adult short-sleeve sizes, $25 for a long-sleeve sizes and $15 for youth sizes.

The firefighters need 36 pre-ordered t-shirts before they can put in an order. “On average it takes from 10-14 days for delivery,” said Riviera.

Sale of the t-shirts will end September 15, 2016.

Pre-orders and more information is available by contacting Lopes at:

Falmouth Hospital Staff Support

It has become somewhat of a contest amongst the staff at Falmouth Hospital to see who is wearing the t-shirt.

“When I started selling them on one of the floors, the day nurses started wearing them, which caused a frenzy with the evening shift and then the night shift,” said Lopes, who is also a diagnostic tech in the Falmouth Hospital emergency room.

“Certain hospital departments pick a day when all the staff who is working will wear their t-shirts, which is cool,” he said.

While the two firefighters have very busy lives, between spending time with their families, working at the fire department and at Falmouth Hospital, and outside activities, they have been able to sell approximately 300 t-shirts so far.

Their goal is to have all the staff at Falmouth Hospital, the medical offices in Falmouth and JML wearing t-shirts by October.