Benson Firefighters Turn Hydrants Pink

There are pink fire hydrants in Benson to honor breast cancer survivors, their family and friends and those who lost their battle with the deadly disease.

Assistant Chief Anthony Byrd of the Benson Fire Department said the idea was the brainchild of Chief Alan Johnson who saw the same thing in the Black Mountain area.

“He picked up on it, then the town got behind it,” Byrd said. “We went out there and painted them and had Jenny Campbell, who runs Jenny’s Sweet Creations, come and sign it. She’s had breast cancer and she helps out the fire department a lot, so she signed it for us.”

Byrd said anyone who wishes can come sign one of the two hydrants. They’re located at the corners of Main and Elm streets and Main and South Railroad streets.

“It’s for the public, anybody that’s had breast cancer or who’s had a family member with breast cancer, is welcome to come sign one of they hydrants,” Byrd said. “Anybody is welcome to come out to sign it and show their support for breast cancer awareness.”

Byrd said the hydrants took only about an hour to actually paint.

“The town had a ceremony and we took pictures and the fire department was wearing our special T-shirts in honor of breast cancer awareness,” Byrd said. “We had went out and bought a gallon of paint, but we only used about half of it. The chief looked up the color so we could match the breast cancer awareness ribbons. So it looks really good.”

-Dunn Daily Record