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September 6, 2017

Local firefighters fill boots for muscular dystrophy

County firefighters collected more than $13,000 for the charity last weekend.
Dozens of Fauquier firefighters on Labor Day weekend collected a record $13,149 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

That represents 31 percent more than they received thorough last year’s “Fill the Boot” fundraiser.

Organized by the Fauquier County Professional Fire Fighters Association, the campaign raised “just over $10,000” last year, President Brian Latham said.

The first annual fundraiser in 2015 produced about $6,800 in donations.

“Big numbers this year,” Mr. Latham said of the four-day effort.

The third annual fundraiser took place Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4.

Using fire boots, about 60 career and volunteer firefighters collected money at busy intersections across Fauquier, Mr. Latham said.

His association had hoped to collect $15,000.

“We came close, and we’ll keep that goal for next year,” said Mr. Latham, MDA’s Fauquier fundraising events coordinator. “It rained Saturday. That hurt us a little bit.

“We look forward to next year, and thank the citizens and visitors that put money in the boots.”

Donations will benefit 32 Fauquier families with members who suffer from muscular dystrophy, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility, said Mr. Latham, a career technician with Fauquier’s emergency services department.

To make online donations, click here.

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