Clark County police officers participate in Pink Patch Project


Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Four Clark County law enforcement agencies are supporting breast cancer awareness by wearing pink patches. Recently they revealed their pink patches for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Police departments in Ridgefield, Battle Ground, La Center and Washougal are joining over 390 public safety agencies across the nation by participating in the Pink Patch Project in October.

Four Clark County law enforcement agencies are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink patches.
Four Clark County law enforcement agencies are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink patches.

The Pink Patch Project is an innovative campaign designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the fight against the disease. The project centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s uniform patches. Employees from the participating agencies will wear the pink patches on their uniforms during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in October. 

The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation within the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.

Officers from Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground, and Washougal show their support for the Pink Lemonade project and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo courtesy of Lauren Ashley Photography
Officers from Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground, and Washougal show their support for the Pink Lemonade project and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo courtesy of Lauren Ashley Photography

While 2020 is the Ridgefield Police Department’s third year participating in the project, the La Center Police Department, in partnership with the La Center Police Officers Association, the Battle Ground Police Department and the Washougal Police Department have recently joined the project with a pink version of their respective patches. The hope is more area agencies in Clark County will eventually join this annual tradition.

The Ridgefield, La Center, and Washougal police department pink patches will be available for sale to the community to raise money for the Pink Lemonade Project, a Clark County nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those affected by breast cancer.

The Washougal Police Department joins three other police departments in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink patches can be purchased at the city of Washougal Police Department during normal business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Only cash will be accepted ($10 each). Photo courtesy of Washougal Police Department
The Washougal Police Department joins three other police departments in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink patches can be purchased at the city of Washougal Police Department during normal business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Only cash will be accepted ($10 each). Photo courtesy of Washougal Police Department

“Many officers have family members and close friends whose lives have been impacted by cancer, including my own. This is a tangible way for us to show our support,” said Ridgefield Police Chief John Brooks.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is offering two free breast health screening events for uninsured women this month.

The first will be held Sat., Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and the second will be Sat., Oct. 24 during the same hours. 

Both free screening events will be at the Kearney Breast Center, which is located on the PeaceHealth Southwest campus at 200 NE Mother Joseph Place, Suite 420.

More information can be found at https://pinkpatchproject.com..

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John is a retired airline pilot, serving Delta for over 31 years. Prior to Delta, he served in the US Air Force for 11 and a half years; three and a half years as a Public Affairs Officer and eight years as a pilot. John flew multiple airplanes around the world for Delta, retiring as a B-767 Captain. During his 31 years at Delta, John served as a member of the pilot’s union leadership, representing the Portland-based pilots for five years. John got involved in area politics during the Columbia River Crossing debate. He became a citizen activist, speaking out against wasteful spending and fighting for common sense transportation solutions. He ran for the Washington state legislature twice, a Representative position in 2014 and Senate in 2020. John is the eldest of six children. He remains extremely close with members of his family and lives in Oregon and Washington. He has 14 nieces and nephews and a growing number of “grands” in the next generation. John has enjoyed skiing, scuba diving, travel, and time on his Harley when he’s not busy with local issues or flying.

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