Lehi firefighters help one of their own

Burdette Powell Benefit Luncheon

Where:Texas Roadhouse, 1402 E. Main St., Lehi

When: Tuesday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Lehi Fire Department, 176 N. Center St., Lehi

Tickets are $10 and includes the meal

Info: T-shirts are $12, or 2 for $20

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LEHI -- Burdette Powell was recently diagnosed with stage four bone cancer. She was an EMT with the Lehi Fire Department for more than 15 years, while working simultaneously at the American Fork Hospital as a registered nurse.

"She poured her heart and soul into helping people with their diseases and heartache," said her husband Bryant Powell.

The mother of eight, two of whom were adopted, and a grandmother of 18, Burdette Powell has found herself on the patient side of the spectrum, and her colleagues are eager to help.

"Burdette is a super sweet, caring person," said Trevor Borton, a Lehi firefighter and organizer of a fundraiser for Powell. "And because she has done so much for her community, for her neighbors, and for the fire department for years and years, we wanted to do something for her."

The Lehi Fire Department is teaming up with Texas Roadhouse, located at 1402 E. Main St. in Lehi, to have a luncheon for Powell on Tuesday. The firefighters will be wearing pink T-shirts and serving customers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Lehi Fire Department located at 176 N. Center St. or at the door. Cost of the ticket includes a meal. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged. T-shirts will also be for sale for $12, or 2 for $20.

All proceeds will go to help Powell in her fight against cancer.

"We liked the idea of a luncheon, because we wanted Burdette to see old friends and be around people that care about her," Borton said. "We wanted her to see how many people are behind her in this fight against cancer."

The Lehi Fire Department will be continuing its fundraising efforts and sales of T-Shirts at the Pink Heals Tour which will be in Utah on June 10 at Thanksgiving Point.

The Pinks Heals Tour, a non- profit organization, is a group of firefighters touring the United States in two pink fire trucks. They encourage all women who are survivors of cancer, battling cancer, and family members who have lost a loved one to cancer, to sign their pink engines. Their motto is, "we care enough to wear pink."

The Pink Heals Tour encourages local fire departments to help people in their own community, such as Powell.

Powell said she is overwhelmed with the gestures of her colleagues.

"I love them. Love them. Love them. Love them," she said.