Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Firefighters hit streets to 'Fill the Boot'.

Milton FD at major intersections on weekends until Labor Day

MILTON, GA., Aug. 11, 2010 - On Fridays and weekends from Aug. 13 until Labor Day, Milton's firefighters will be at major intersections raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) "Fill the Boot" drive.

All you have to do to help out is toss them some change - a small act that adds up quickly.

"Milton residents have proven to be some of the most generous people in the state," said Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar. "Last year alone we raised $48,000, which put us second in the state over much larger and older departments."

In just three years, the City of Milton Fire Department has raised more than $113,000 for MDA, which uses the money to aid local children and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases by providing wheelchairs, leg braces, clinic visits, support groups and a chance for children to attend Camp Walk-N-Roll.

"For the last three years The City of Milton's firefighters and citizens have shown a dedication unmatched by any city in the metro area," said Milton Lt. Chris Coker. "What our small community has been able to accomplish has not gone unnoticed. The few hours we spend each year in the heat and sometimes intimidating roadways make a tremendous difference in the lives of these children."

Edgar said each of the three shifts of Milton firefighters are competing to see who can raise the most money. They will choose the intersections each day based on traffic and ease of use, though drivers should expect to see them at Windward Parkway and Ga. 9, in Crabapple and at the Birmingham Crossroads.

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