For the second year in a row, the Stevens Point firefighters are taking off their shirts and putting on a smile for their 2014 calendar. The calendar is set to be released November 1st, but NewsChannel 7 got an early preview from some of the calendars stars.
Their first calendars, appropriately titled "Twelve Shades of SPDF," was a huge hit last year selling out within two weeks and raising $10,000 to restore their department's historic mascot and for the James Dorn Memorial Burn fund.
Now they're out with a sequel, hoping it will do just as well as the first.
"We moved it up not just one notch, but I would like to think we moved it up 5 notches from last year," organizer and firefighter Victor Kedrowski tells NewsChannel 7.
Mary McComb, owner of Sugar Doll in downtown Stevens Point, doesn't think the guys will have a problem.
"I was lucky enough to see a digital version of the calendar," she gushes. "I wasn't suppose to tell anybody that I saw it, but in fact I did and I've just been telling people that it's really, really good."
That's why she volunteered the front window of her store to display teaser images.
"They've been working out hard," Kedrowski praises his guys. "They've been working out heavy. They are getting in shape and they're doing it all for a good cause."
This year, they've expanded their operation donating to six different charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Portage County Humane Society. Charities these firefighters tell us made the potentially awkward experience well worth it, especially for newbie Dan Congdon.
"It was kind of a new experience for me," he laughed. "I wasn't really ready to do anything like this before I got here, but I'm glad I did it. It was a good experience."
When asked if they would do it again, they all couldn't help but exclaim yes. A prospect that makes McComb very happy, especially since she can't choose her favorite.
"Oh, don't ask me," she giggles. "I like this month. I also like December and I liked January a lot... and February and and March and April."
The calendars will be available for $10 at both Stevens Point Fire Department Stations. They will also be available at shops downtown, including Sugar Doll.
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Posted: 12/06/2013 - They're our nation's bravest, standing side by side to protect and defend our country. Now, they're standing side by side to help each other celebrate the holidays.