But the Monarch Fire Protection District board at a meeting Tuesday evening said the design of the shirts must be changed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The two members of the three-person board who voted for the ban said the union logo must be removed and the shirts must clearly identify the wearers as firefighters.
The ban on the "Pink Heals" T-shirts proved more controversial than its supporters expected. Tuesday's meeting was packed with most in the audience supporting the firefighters.
Board member Robin Harris said all changes in on-duty clothing must be approved by the board. He said the firefighters did not do that.
"It is unfortunate that such a stir was created when the firefighters union leadership attempted to besmirch the board," Harris said.
Jane Cunningham, also on the board, said she was concerned the shirts would be confusing because the firefighters also sell them to the public.
The Monarch district embraces a suburban area west of St. Louis. "Pink Heals" is a national campaign among firefighters, and the Monarch group has raised thousands of dollars over the past few years for donation to medical charities.
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