Deputies to wear pink badges in October for breast cancer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputies will be sporting a different look in October in an effort to both raise awareness about breast cancer, as well as money.

Sheriff Jerry Greene bought close to 200 pink badges and passed them out last May to his officers as keepsakes. But in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, he signed an order allowing deputies to wear the stars on their uniforms beginning next week.

He said that the leaders with the deputies’ union then came up with another idea.

“They seemed to be pretty excited about it,” Greene said. “So they asked if they paid me and that money got donated here locally for breast cancer, if they could pay to wear it for the rest of the month. And I thought that was a win-win.”

The Sheriff said money raised will then be donated to the Joanie Abdu Cancer Center at Mercy Health in Youngstown.

The badges were originally paid for with discretionary funds in the department — not tax dollars. The Sheriff said the company that made them will also be donating its proceeds to cancer research as well.