Firefighters fight for a cause on Labor Day
September 3, 2013
Volunteer firefighters took time out of their Labor Day weekend to fight for a cause.
Volunteers, mostly firefighters, stood in the road on East Victory Way, Yampa Avenue and Fourth Street holding out galoshes for their "Fill the Boot" muscular dystrophy drive. They told drivers about the issue and asked for donations.
"They love it," said Troy Hampton, battalion chief for Craig Fire/Rescue. "They're always looking forward to next year."
Throughout the day, they earned almost $5,000 — ultimately meeting their financial goal.
"I think we did real good this year," Hampton said.
A crew of 15 volunteers held out the "boots" to collect money from about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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The drive has been an on-and-off tradition for volunteer firefighters for decades. The past four years, Troy Hampton wanted to get the fire department involved again because his nephew, Jeramiah Price, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
It brings "more awareness for the cause," said Krystal Price, Jeramiah's mother. "It's a wonderful cause. They could be doing something else, but they're out here volunteering."
All of the donated money will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hampton said.
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