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Commissioners court, firefighters join to fight cancer

By Brian Cuaron
Oct. 10, 2011 at 5:10 a.m.


BURN BAN STILL in effect

Despite the rain on Sunday, Judge Don Pozzi reminded everyone that the Victoria County burn ban was still in effect. He said that as long as the Keetch Byram Drought Index remained more than 600, that the ban would stay in effect. Recent legislation, he noted, gave county judges the authority to nix a burn ban before the next court meeting without the court's approval.

Fire Marshal Ron Pray said the Keetch Byram Drought Index was 609 for Monday.

Firefighters got help from the Victoria commissioners court on Monday in their fight against cancer.

The court passed a resolution encouraging people to wear pink shirts Oct. 25-27. Wendell Geigle, Victoria Fire Department, and Jay Young, Raisin Volunteer Fire Department, were on hand to receive the resolution.

The two are part of the South Texas chapter of Guardians of the Ribbon, a national organization that seeks to raise funds to benefit locals dealing with cancer.

Geigle explained that his chapter doesn't send off a check to a national organization but instead gives it to local women who either are cancer patients or dealing with cancer in some way, like that of a mother with a son who has cancer.

"We want to stare the people in the face that have cancer and give them a check," Geigle said.

The South Texas chapter is one of only three of the national organization's chapters in the state, Young said.

The national organization will be coming through Victoria on its 23rd national tour for the first time Oct. 23, Geigle said. The national organization will drive four pink fire trucks into town to help the chapter raise funds.

The event will be near John Stockbauer Drive and Salem Road from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The South Texas chapter will have its own pink fire truck at the event, as well.

Noting that the chapter looks to help women dealing with cancer, Geigle said: "They have hearts of gold. There's no man out there who has a heart like a woman."

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