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New engine for River Forest

From the MDA Chicagoland and Northern Illinois Facebook page:

Thank you River Forest Fire Department and Local 2391 for raising $2,771 for MDA! #FilltheBoot#AFFIStandWithLizzie

River Forest firefighters collected money for the MDA

River Forest FD photo

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Waukegan firefighters collect for MDA

Excerpts from the

Waukegan firefighters welcomed a Boot Buddy to the department’s main fire station [recently] as they got ready to raise money with their annual Fill-the-Boot drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

For more than 50 years firefighters across the country have supported the nonprofit medical research agency, and donated additional money to pay for services and camps. Waukegan has been involved since 2002, and has raised more than $100,000 over that time. Waukegan firefighters hope to raise $6,000 to $7,000 this year.

“Every year the members of the Waukegan Firefighters Union 473 hit the streets trying to fill their iconic black and yellow rubber firefighter boots with donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association,” firefighter Scott Vandenbroucke said. “A lot of times people think it’s money for the fire department, so we’re hoping to get the word out about who we’re raising money for.”

Zion 24-year-old Ryan Nieves, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at 5 years old, was the department’s honorary Boot Buddy on Tuesday. He was joined by his family for a tour of Station 1. Nieves said he was impressed by the amount of equipment inside the trucks.

“The equipment is probably some of the coolest equipment I’ve ever seen,” said Nieves, all smiles while checking out the trucks. “It’s awesome … The ladder truck is pretty impressive. To see it in action, it was amazing.”

Nieves, who was the MDA ambassador for the State of Illinois in 1998, said life would be much harder without the MDA. “Without a doubt, I don’t think I would have had as good of an experience in life,” he said, explaining that he attended the organization’s camps in Bloomington until he graduated at 18.

thanks Dan

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Arlington Heights firefighters raise money for MDA

The Daily Herald reports that Arlington Heights firefighters:

This year, the fire department MDA effort raised $14,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Last year the effort raised $4,800 and three years ago they reached their previous high water mark of $6,800.

Further, the MDA Summer Camp is being held this week in Ingleside. The camp, which runs one week a year for children over 6, allows the kids to do activities they normally would not be able to do. Some of the Boot Drive money goes toward sending kids to camp.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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