Sarpy County Deputy Lindsay Varona’s new patrol cruiser is personal, and it’s pink.
Varona will be the first deputy to drive the department’s new Breast Cancer Awareness cruiser.
“My grandmother is an 18-year survivor,” Varona said, “so I’m really proud to be a part of this.”
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office unveiled the new themed cruiser at a ceremony on Oct. 8. The design includes a pink hood, pink ribbons and the message "Early detection saves lives." A ring of ribbons on the back of the cruiser also pays tribute to other types of cancer.
Rep. Don Bacon and Karen Daneu, the CEO of Susan G. Komen Great Plains, served as the keynote speakers for the event.
Bacon spoke about his younger sister, Beth, who died in 2006 after a battle with breast cancer.
Daneu said she hopes the cruiser's message will help the Susan G. Komen organization meet its goal of cutting the breast cancer death rate in half by 2026.
Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, whose sister is a breast cancer survivor, emphasized that the Breast Cancer Awareness cruiser is a working vehicle that will be on routine patrol for three years.
“Hopefully, someone sees this cruiser and gets the message, because it's true that ‘early detection saves lives’,” he said.