Teams pull firetruck to support cancer victims

Straining before cheering crowds, 25 teams took turns pulling a pink firetruck down a street north of uptown Charlotte on Sunday.

They were taking part in the Cops 4 the Cure event, which raises money for firefighters and police officers dealing with cancer.

The third annual Pink Lady Fire Truck Pull featured a mixture of first responders, cancer survivors and funnel cake outside the N.C. Music Factory.

Firefighters in teams of eight, wearing flame-resistant uniforms, pulled the truck. A few minutes later, team Bust Cancer, an all-woman squad comprised mostly of paramedics, moved the truck while wearing bright, rainbow-colored tutus.

“We trained like we’re Olympic curlers,” said Katie Currin, a paramedic, a few minutes before her team grabbed the rope. “We drank beer, ate pizza and made sure we woke up on time.”

Cops 4 the Cure was founded three years ago by cancer survivors in the department to help support CMPD members affected by cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They hosted Saturday’s event in conjunction with the Charlotte Fire Department’s “Fight to Extinguish” campaign.

The Pink Lady weighs approximately 50,000 pounds.