Biddeford Career Firefighters Show Support for the Troops
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The Biddeford Career Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters local 3107, are proud to announce that we will be wearing red shirts each Friday to show our support for the men and women serving in our military.
Whether you support the war or not, Red Shirt Fridays is a way to show support for the troops. Without them, we would not have the liberty to live in this free country.
Firefighter Ken Thorpe approached the Union with the idea that he got from another local firefighter who had asked Ken if he had ever heard of “Red Shirt Fridays”. After the other firefighter explained to Ken what wearing the red shirts was all about, Ken thought it would be a great idea to bring to our department. Ken’s oldest son Tyler recently joined the U.S. Army and is currently serving as a Military police Officer stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. Another Biddeford Firefighter, Gerry Binette, has a son, Jeremy who is serving as a specialist in the Army National Guard.
Our red shirts include our International Association of Firefighters Local 3107 logo on the front with “Biddeford Fire Department” on the back. The word “Fire” is colored in camouflage.
Our simple act of wearing the red shirts each Friday shows our support for the troops and hopefully helps improve the Soldier’s morale. Friday, June 11th was the first Friday the Biddeford Career Firefighters wore the red shirts. Since then, there have been several inquiries into them and many people vowing to wear red each Friday.