Firemen pose half-naked for a good cause

CREATED Nov. 17, 2012

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WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) -- Firefighters at one department in west-central Wisconsin say they never imagined they'd be posing half-naked for a 2013 calendar.

But because the proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region, several Trempealeau County firemen were willing to bare their chests.

Eleva fire Chief Brett Semingson says six or seven guys posed in front of a controlled burn over the summer. He says the models were apprehensive at first, but "once they got started it went a little wild."

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says 5,000 calendars have been printed. They went on sale Saturday for $15 apiece.

Photographer Cynthya Porter of Winona, Minn., says the photos are so tasteful that even the firefighters' wives are happy with them.

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Calendars can be purchased at United Bank locations in Trempealeau County, or by calling Debbie Wright at 715-287-3296.

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Information from: Leader-Telegram, http://www.leadertelegram.com/