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Lafayette Firefighters raise thousands for Muscular Dystrophy cause

Firefighters from Lafayette joined a nationwide fundraising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Posted: Sep 2, 2018 11:48 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2018 11:49 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - More than 100,000 firefighters across the nation are participating in the “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

That includes firefighters right here in Lafayette. You may have noticed Lafayette firefighters standing in the middle of intersections this past weekend with boots in their hands collecting donations and handing out stickers.

Stations across the city took part in the fundraiser, as they do every Labor Day Weekend.

Firefighters from LFD Station 7 stood on the intersection of 18th Street and U-S 52, right by Tecumseh Junior High School.

This nationwide campaign started in 1954. Lafayette Fire Department started participating in 1970.

Sergeant Mike Davis said he's seen the effects of their efforts first hand.

“I've been to some conferences and stuff where some of the people have come up on stage and said how the money is benefitting them and how the organization has benefitted them,” he said. “It's nice to see that.”

Earlier this week we brought you the story of local firefighter Chris Conklin and his family’s personal attachment to the disease.

Sergeant Davis says this brings the cause close to home for LFD.

“It helps with them and to see it first hand, (Conklin) is a big organizer of the whole thing so it really does help out,” he said. “It makes it all worthwhile.”

He said in just one day alone, Station 7 raised $5,500 for the cause. Last year, fire stations across the nation raised a total of 24 million dollars.

The money will go towards research, care centers, and sending kids with Muscular Dystrophy to summer camp.

The fundraiser wrapped up today, but you can still contribute online.

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