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Rochester firefighters surprise cancer survivor


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester firefighters are rallying around a Rochester police officer with a long history of breast cancer-- and they pulled off a big surprise Thursday morning.

It was nothing short of a touching moment this morning when the Rochester Fire Department gave this very deserving woman a very pink surprise.

Rochester police officer Carrie Koehler walked out of her office to a bouquet of a dozen pink roses from some firefighters this morning in support of her fight with breast cancer.

Officer Koehler is no stranger to the disease. She was diagnosed at the young age of 15, and has been battling the disease and its complications for 25 years.

She says public service employees have been by her side the entire time.

"They go above and beyond every day, as we all do that's what we signed up for, but to be in this family and have these brothers and sisters is, is a blessing," Koehler said.

Officer Koehler also received a $400 check and a pink t-shirt in support of breast cancer awareness month.

The Rochester Fire Department has raised over a thousand dollars for the cause, which has all been donated to local women. The funds were all raised through the Pink Heels Firefighter Fundraiser this past summer.

Officer Koehler is one of four women who received the surprised.

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