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'Fill the Boot' Campaign This Weekend

Firefighters will be at Fairfax County intersections to collect money for MDA.

The 2012 Labor Day Weekend Fill the Boot campaign benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) kicked off in Fairfax County Friday and will run through the weekend.

 The Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics — International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2068, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications and the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) sponsor the annual event.

 "For the past seven of the twenty-plus years that they have been collecting, members of Local 2068 have consistently been in the top three in the nation for amount collected during the weekend campaign," said IAFF Local 2068 communications director Joel Kobersteen, who also coordinates the Fairfax County Labor Day Weekend Fill the Boot Campaign.

"During the 2011 Labor Day Weekend campaign, Local 2068 members across Fairfax County collected over $435,000 for Greater Washington MDA," he said.

The 2012 campaign will begin Friday and run through Labor Day at controlled intersections throughout Fairfax County. Look for the firefighters at various spots on Reston Parkway.

The International Association of Fire Fighters is one of the leading contributors to MDA nationwide, donating more than $450 million during its 58-year partnership, according to Kobersteen.

Proceeds help support MDA services and research programs in the Washington, D.C. area, including MDA’s annual camp for kids affected by neuromuscular disease and outpatient clinics at Children's National Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital for people effected by the more than 40
neuromuscular diseases.

Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics – Local 2068 represents more than 1,700 of the active and retired paid firefighters, paramedics, fire investigators, fire marshals, mechanics and communications professionals.

"They protect the citizens and visitors of Fairfax County 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Kobersteen said.

Keith A. September 01, 2012 at 10:01 PM
These idiots need to stay out of the freaking street. I saw them almost cause accidents on two different occasions on just their first day!
Dave Hughes September 02, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I just don't think folks should be collecting charity funds at busy highway intersections. Approaching Sunrise Valley on Reston Parkway I initially thought there was an accident seeing all the uniformed firefighters standing around with a fire engine stopped at the side of the road. Perhaps these firefighters with their donation boots should stake out busy parking lots like those around Town Center instead of busy and dangerous intersections....
VaNative October 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Why do you call our volunteer firefighters idiots?

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