No sirens needed for one of the Police Department’s patrol vehicles this month –its bright pink exterior may be all that’s needed to see it coming. One of the department’s six SUVs was given a temporary “paint” job as it’s been wrapped from roof to wheels as a not-too-subtle reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It’s a cause near and dear to the Assistant Police Chief Tony Cuozzo’s heart, not only because the town has more than its fair share of women diagnosed with the disease, but because his own mom, Carole, is a survivor. The truck will be front and center at the Town Hall’s Breast Cancer Awareness ceremony October 19 where survivors and their family members will be invited to cover the wrap with messages of hope.
Cuozzo proposed the wrap on a whim, contacting a representative from packaging manufacturer Avery Denison to ask if the company might donate the vinyl material. “They didn’t hesitate,” Cuozzo said. Next he called upon twin brother Arnie Jr. who was more than happy to donate his automotive detailing services to wrap the car. Cuozzo thought some of the male officers would balk at having to drive the girly looking wheels, but he was mistaken. “They think it’s awesome, everyone is begging to drive it,” he said. “They know it’s an honorable cause that drives crazy attention.” It was a hit on display at the recent Country Fair, where many a fair-goer stopped to snap photos and selfies.
The department car will stay wrapped throughout October.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent