Clay County Fire Rescue raises thousands of dollars for Fill the Boot Campaign

Zoey Fields

Clay County Fire Rescue raised $50,846 during their annual Fill The Boot Campaign held over Memorial Day weekend. The money raised goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a nonprofit health agency that works to support people with neuromuscular diseases.

After missing two years of the campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a successful first year back out in the streets, MDA Regional Director of Firefighter Partnerships Erin Honas Randall said in a Facebook post.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) began in 1954 when they signed a proclamation designating MDA as its charity of choice, according to the IAFF and MDA partnership website. The IAFF vows to continue raising awareness and funds to ensure effective treatments and therapies are found.
Clay County Fire Rescue firefighters were on the streets over Memorial Day Weekend raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.Clay County Government

The dollars raised through Fill the Boot fund MDA’s mission of empowering people living with neuromuscular disease to achieve their potential, the site said.

Honas Randall gave individual recognition to Lt. David Seymour and Engineer Eric Padgett for their unwavering support and coordination of the Fill The Boot campaign.

“CCFR members are proud to be a part of this impactful initiative, and they’d like to thank our community for their support in making this campaign successful,” Communications Director Laura Christmas said.

Firefighters were standing at various locations throughout Clay County over the course of the three-day Memorial weekend. Collecting over $50,000 thanks to some very generous drivers, Christmas said.

The IAFF and MDA partnership website can be accessed here for more information about Fill The Boot events and the continued work to raise money for neuromuscular diseases.

The site has a leaderboard that shows which fire departments across the nation have raised the most money with their Fill The Boot Campaign. While CCFR is not ranked in the top 10, Jacksonville, the nearest major city is currently ranked second.

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