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Monday, May 16, 2022

Fill the Boot

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There was quite a ruckus in Lavaca Saturday morning! Traffic was backed up three or four cars each way in the crossroad of Main and North Davis Streets.  About half of a dozen firemen were standing in the streets, sticking their boots in the driver’s windows!  They were sticking cash in the boot so they could pull ahead.

It turns out that it wasn’t a hostage situation at all.  It’s time for the annual firefighter’s Fill-The-Boot Campaign!  Every year, Lavaca firemen participate in the nationwide fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has worked since 1954 to help defeat muscular dystrophy and other related life-threatening diseases.

All across the nation, just like in Lavaca, IAFF member firefighter’s gather on streets collecting money in their boots from friends, neighbors, and passerby.  In the last 60 years, they have collected some $558 MILLION to help improve the lives of those who have this disease which fights the muscles usage.  Some even die from the disease.

Lavaca’s new leader in the fire department, Chief Paul Sanders and other were standing on the yellow lines in the extreme heat, taking money whether it be dollars or coins, to help the cause they have been involved with for so long.

The photo above shows some of Lavaca’s newest heroes, Holly Hill and Isaiah Schoeppey working along with others.  Lavaca is proud of you all and behind you always.

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