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November 2, 2013

Pink patrol car popular

Deputy’s Dodge draws attention to breast cancer

There’s a new sheriff’s car in town — and it’s bright pink.

The Dodge Charger was painted in honor of breast cancer awareness.  

“It’s an epidemic, there’s nowhere that breast cancer isn’t affecting us,” said Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson, who has lost an aunt and cousin to the disease.  

“We need everybody to be aware of this deadly disease,” he said.

The paint job cost $2,500. The design was created by Sheriff’s Deputy Ashley Mullen, who drives the pink Charger.

Mullen’s father and grandfather are both cancer survivors.

“I know what it’s like for a family,” said Mullen, 28. “It’s pretty tragic for a family to go through.”

Mullen chose the design for the car and the placement of the text, “cuffing cancer.”

Pearson said, “When Ashley came up with the idea, I jumped on it.”

The car is already making a ripple in the community. Many people have approached Mullen to take pictures of the car. While Mullen was at a gas station, a cancer survivor with tears in her eyes hugged the deputy and thanked her for supporting something she had gone through.

Mullen has worked for the Sheriff’s Department for four years.  

“What girl doesn’t want to grow up and be a cop and drive a pink car?” she asked.

She took the car to show the paint job to her family.

“I thought Grandpa was going to cry,” she said.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

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