Chattanooga firefighters fill the boot for MDA

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Mayor Andy Berke makes the first contribution to our Fill the Boot campaign. Due to the inclement weather, today's Fill the Boot campaign has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 5th. Our firefighters will be out as scheduled on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Photo: Chattanooga Fire Dept.)

Members of the Chattanooga Fire Department and Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 have kicked off the fire fighter’s annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility.

Here's a look at one of many children who benefited from last year's efforts:

More than 370 fire fighters from Chattanooga Fire Department and Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive.

Due to Thursday’s inclement weather and safety concerns, today’s Fill the Boot drive has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018.

However, the CFD says firefighters will be out as scheduled on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Quint 1 – 4th St and Mable St
  • Ladder 1 – Main St. & Central
  • Squad 1 – Broad St. & Aquarium Way
  • Quint 2 – Market St & Main St
  • Quint 3 – Entrance of Walmart & Cummings Rd
  • Engine 4 – Dodson Ave & Wilcox Blvd
  • Engine 5 – Main St & Willow St
  • Quint 4 – Bailey Ave & Willow St
  • Quint 6 – Bonny Oaks Dr & Hwy 58
  • Quint 7 – Lee Hwy & Relocation Way (Food City)
  • Squad 7 – Jenkins Rd (intersection by Tiger Mart)
  • Quint 8 – Shallowford Rd & Hamilton Place Blvd
  • Engine 9 – Rossville Blvd & Dodds Ave
  • Quint 10 – Wilder St & Dodson Ave
  • Engine 12 – Frazier Ave & Forrest Ave
  • Quint 13 – Greenway View Dr & Brainerd Rd
  • Squad 13 – Igou Gap Rd & Gunbarrel Rd
  • Quint 14 – St. Elmo Ave & 38th St
  • Engine 15 – Moore Rd & Shallowford Rd
  • Quint 16 – Lupton Dr & Hixson Pike
  • Quint 17 – Mountain Creek Rd & Signal Mtn Blvd
  • Quint 19 – North Point Rd & Hixson Pike
  • Squad 19 – North Point Rd & Hixson Pike
  • Squad 20 – Brown Ferry Rd & Cummings Rd
  • Quint 21 – E. Brainerd Rd & Graysville Rd (Walmart parking lot)
  • Engine 22 – Walmart Entrance and Exit behind Chik-Fil-A on Hwy 153

No streets and/or intersections will be closed during the event.

“For more than sixty years, fire fighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” said Regional Manager of Firefighter Partnership, Holly S. Carroll. “We are extremely thankful for the Chattanooga fire fighters that dedicate countless hours of their time participating in Fill the Boot drives for MDA. As a result of their incredible willingness to participate in this honored tradition, we are thrilled to present the Chattanooga Fire Department and Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 with the 2017 MDA Golden Axe Award. The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides the “Golden Axe Award” to the city department that raises the most money in the annual Fill the Boot campaign. This year, we are excited to have the axe reside in the city of Chattanooga. We're grateful for their steadfast drive and remarkable care they show the kids and adults we serve and look forward to working together once again to make this Fill the Boot season a huge success.”

The Chattanooga Fire Department says MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters in hometowns across America hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. Funds raised through 2018 Chattanooga Fill the Boot events empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits.

In addition to Fill the Boot drives, the CFD says firefighter contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases. Contributions also help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. They also help send local kids to MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Camp Widjiwagan, located in South Nashville on Percy Priest Lake.