With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink ribbons, T-shirts and other pink items have been a common sight.
In Belgium, village police officers also joined the cause by sporting pink. Two of the village’s four part-time police officers have been carrying pink service pistols this month.
Capt. Dale Ghibaudy, with the Belgium Police Department for 26 years, and Chief Josh Brown bought the pistols for their daughters and have been carrying the bright pink handguns on duty to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Ghibaudy said he’s received mixed reactions from people regarding the pink pistol.
“Some people giggle,” he said of those who think it’s funny to see a police officer with one.
Some women are proud to see the pink pistol.
“The ladies get a kick out of it,” Ghibaudy said.
He said people have asked him what arrestees think about the gun.
“I have not arrested anyone lately,” he said about working in the village of about 450 people.
The public sees the pink gun sticking out of the holster.
Ghibaudy said he’s proud to show off the pink gun during his night shifts. During the day he works at Bunge Milling.
Ghibaudy lost his biological mother to breast cancer and his step-mother has beat the disease.
“We bought (the pistols) for our daughters,” Ghibaudy said.
Ghibaudy’s 20-year-old daughter, Karly, uses the pistol for sport.
The idea for the pink pistols came from the wife of Eric Cunningham, Lauri, who runs Black Jack Firearms in Ridge Farm. Ghibaudy talked with them about the pink pistols a few months ago and he promised Lauri he’d carry the pistol when on duty this month.
Ghibaudy thinks it’s been fun. He wanted to do his part too to spread awareness throughout the community about breast cancer.