Pink fire truck visits West Michigan; Switalski family to add his name to its canvas

Children from a summer school program visiting Oshtema Fire Station No. 1 on Tuesday get a closeup visit with the Pink Heals Truck.  (MIKE KRAFCIK/WWMT)

A pink fire truck has rolled into town, and will be making several appearances throughout the day.

Among the stops is a one at Bronson Children's Hospital, and at 7 p.m. the Pink Heals Inc. fire truck will be at Fire House Subs on Drake Road. There, in recognition of former Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski's community efforts, his family will place his name on the truck, Oshetemo Fire Chief Mark Barnes said in a written announcement on the visit.

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The truck is operated by Pink Heals Inc., and is part of a national effort to bring the trucks into communities, to foster support of people who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses or adversity, the organization said in a statement on the visit. The organization works closely with local firefighters and public servants. And the truck bears the names of the people the program serves and honors.

Pink Heals has 62 chapters operating in 27 states. The Pink Heals National Tour is the organization's signature campaign. Volunteer crews drive the truck to communities across the nation. The project is funded through support from local businesses, national corporate partnerships, fundraising events, and proceeds derived through the sale of Pink Heals t-shirts and merchandise.

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