GCI sponsors Alaska’s first pink fire engine to support cancer awareness

August 15, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska – GCI announced its sponsorship of the Anchorage Fire Department’s first pink fire engine, unveiled today at Anchorage Fire Training Campus. Once a traditional red fire engine in rotation, the new and improved engine underwent a facelift this month, transformed to a bright pink in honor of breast cancer awareness and adorned with awareness ribbons representing all types of cancer.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Alaska, but is often treatable if detected early on. The new pink fire engine has been in the works for more than three years by Anchorage Fire Department Captain Jason Dolph. Inspired by his mother’s battle with breast cancer, Dolph announced the official name of the fire engine as “Miss Linda.” He hopes the presence of the pink fire engine around Anchorage will help to increase awareness and encourage annual checkups and screenings.

“GCI is committed to giving back to the communities in which it lives and serves,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “Captain Dolph’s story inspired us to join his efforts in spreading the cancer awareness message across Anchorage. We’re proud to have the opportunity to support the Anchorage Fire Department to complete the new fire engine and look forward to seeing it out in the community.”

Miss Linda will hit the streets of Anchorage and surrounding communities, fighting fires and carrying the message of hope, love, strength and courage, with the goal of inspiring all who see it to have annual exams and cancer screenings.

To learn more about GCI and its involvement in the community, visit Connect.

About GCI
GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com/about.

Stephanie Plieness, Thompson & Company PR
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