A newly refurbished firetruck that just hit the roads in Iredell County won't put out any fires, but its mission is just as vital to saving lives.
The 1986 Emergency One truck has been repainted pink and was rolled out on Rolling Hills Road in Lakeside Business Park last Sunday morning. Several hundred area residents had assembled for the truck's unveiling and enthusiastically applauded at the site of the truck still parked in the back lot of Outcast Kustoms.
On board waving to onlookers were local women who'd survived cancer.
Donated by the Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Department to the Iredell County Firemens Association, the truck was refurbished and repainted by Outcast Kustoms, which is in the business park. Its owner had seen such trucks in Myrtle Beach and Hickory and suggested this one go pink, too.
The American Cancer Society will use it around the county to promote regular medical checkups that can catch and prevent cancer early on.