Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 03, 2013

Boise PD's Pink Ribbon Patrol Car - Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer

Boise Police, St, Alphonsus Partner in Raising Awareness of Breast Cancer:

the Pink Ribbon Patrol Car

 

            Boise, May 3, 2013 – Boise Deputy Chief William Bones and Rodney Reider, President of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center today unveiled the newest addition to the BPD patrol fleet, thePink Ribbon Patrol Car.Pink Ribbon Car -6

            Police patrol vehicles are well marked for citizen and officer safety.  With the help of the dedicated staff at St. Alphonsus, this patrol car takes on an added mission.

            “We’ve taken the visibility of a police patrol vehicle and given this car an added message of safety. This time it’s not awareness of crime prevention. We want to raise awareness of another thief that can steal lives, breast cancer.”  said Deputy Chief Bones.

"At Saint Alphonsus we consider our community partners critically important," said Rodney Reider, President, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. "Each day these community partnerships help us do what we do best – save lives and improve the health of our communities. Our relationship with the Komen Race for the Cure is very important to us as is our partnership with all of our dedicated Emergency Responders and the City of Boise."

“That’s a sweet looking car. I want to drive that car,” said Lt. Rob Gallas, a Boise Police patrol lieutenant whose wife is fortunately in the recovery stages of breast cancer.

 “I am very well aware of what pink stands for and what it means, not only for awareness but for survivors. I’mproud that our department is taking our mission of public safety one step further by doing what we can to make sure Boise is healthy as well as safe. That really hits home with my family. I know it will for many others.” said Lt. Gallas.”

 

             About the Pink Ribbon Patrol Car:

  • A 2013 Dodge Charger

  • St. Alphonsus contributed $1,500 to cover the cost of creating the graphics and promotion expenses.

  • The design was created by John Yarnell at Trademark Sign Company in Boise, the same company that created the re-design of the Boise Police fleet in 2011.

  • The vehicle will be used for police service calls for patrol, school resource officers and other regular department uses.

  • The vehicle will be pulled from service when needed and used at community events to promote breast cancer awareness. 

             Where can people see the car and take photos? 

  • Race for the Cure: The Pink Ribbon Patrol Car will lead the upcoming Race for the Cure, May 11, 2013.

  • At tonights Power of Pink Survivor Dinner, Boise State University Student Union Building.

  • Boise Towne Square Mall: The car will be parked in the center court of the Boise Towne Square Mall this weekend promoting the upcoming Race for the Cure.

  • Meet Me Monday: The vehicle and Deputy Chief William Bones will join participants at the raffle drawing for Meet Me Monday. The mission of Meet Me Monday, sponsored by St. Alphonsus is to improve the health of our community by bringing friends and families together while enjoying the beauty of our city. Registration for Meet Me Monday begins at 5:15 p.m. in Old Boise on the corner of 6th & Main Streets. Raffle prizes for the event are at 6:45 p.m.

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The Pink Ribbon Patrol Car was unveiled this morning in front of the St. Alphonsus Comprehensive Cancer Care Center in front of an excited group of St Al's and BPD employees.

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BPD officers with Rodney Reider, President of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

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Many thanks to the extraordinarily creative staff at Trademark Sign Co. of Boise who helped BPD make the vision of this car a reality.

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BPD Lt. Rob Gallas spoke at today's unveiling. Lt. Gallas walked with a BPD Patrol Team in the Race for the Cure two years ago, just before his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. We're happy to say Mrs. Gallas is in recovery and going great!

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Thank you again to the great people at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for their help with not only funding, but their great enthusiasm for this project which helped make it a reality. Our goal together is to educate families about the need for early detection of breast cancer and hopefully, save a life.