Officers band together in pink

DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — Glendale police officers placed pink bands over their badges Friday to show support for breast cancer awareness.

Police officials encouraged officers during Friday's roll call to maintain the band during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"I think every one of us has dealt with someone or knows someone who has cancer," Sgt. Tom Lorenz said, noting officers have worn black bands to commemorate fallen officers.

"This is probably the most obvious, but also subtle way at the same time," said Glendale Lt. Bruce Fox of supporting the cause.

Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa is one of seven Glendale men selected by Glendale Adventist Medical Center to help increase awareness of breast cancer detection and prevention.

The other men include Mayor Ara Najarian; Fire Chief Harold Scoggins; former Mayor Larry Zarian; Tony Tartaglia, the Glendale Community College's board president; TV personality Gregory Zarian; and Dr. Boris Bagdasarian, an oncologist.

The seven make up the hospital's "Army of Pink" fundraising campaign. Residents have been asked to vote online for the campaign member who wears pink the best. The hospital will donate $1 for every vote cast.

"Breast cancer affects a large majority of our population, and it is one the cancers that continues to take lives every year," said Denise Miller, the hospital's physician relations manager.

Miller urged officers to spread the message of breast cancer awareness.

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