Pink fire truck overturns en route to breast cancer event

The rig left the roadway in an attempt to avoid colliding with another car; no one was injured

Victoria Advocate

VICTORIA, Texas — Victoria's pink firetruck, Debbie, is a little shaken up after a minor wreck Tuesday evening, but is eager to get back on the road.

Debbie was heading out of Port Lavaca toward the Victoria Chick-fil-A to help students on the Victoria East and West high school swim teams raise awareness about breast cancer.

The teams came together to raise money to give to school district employees facing cancer, said Victoria West Booster Club treasurer Tammy Murphy. They had planned to sell their Breaststroke 4 Hope T-shirts during Family Night at Chick-fil-A.

Debbie, unfortunately never made it to the event.

The pink firetruck was northbound on Farm-to-Market Road 1090 about 5:30 p.m., when she left the roadway in an attempt to avoid colliding with a vehicle, said Calhoun County Sheriff George Aleman. The truck hit some mud and tipped over.


The driver, Victoria firefighter Timothy Dodge was unharmed.

Debbie, however, sustained minor damage and is in need of a new windshield and tires, said Wendell Geigle, firefighter and member of the Guardians of the Ribbon Inc.

Guardians of the Ribbon Inc. is a nonprofit movement that teaches neighborhoods how to raise money in their communities for their communities. The pink firetrucks signify the group's mission to put women first in the battle against cancer.

The organization doesn't take in monetary donations, but if someone were to donate new tires, Geigle said he'd gladly accept.

"We don't have a lot of funds, but we'll work it out somehow," Geigle said, eager to get Debbie back on the road in time to attend upcoming pink out football events hosted by Victoria East and Calhoun high schools.

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