Clinton area firefighters have somber reminder during “Fill the Boot” campaign

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ST. JOHNS, MI (WLNS) – It’s a tradition for firefighters across the country. The annual “Fill the Boot” campaign struck St. Johns today to raise money for the muscular dystrophy association.

It’s Labor Day weekend and these firefighters from Clinton Area North Fire and Rescue are donating their time for a good cause.

“Firefighters and MDA go way back years and years and years ago. Back in the early sixties when Jerry Lewis decided to do telethons on Labor Day weekend were one of the first people he came to and we’re trying to carry on that tradition,” said Clinton Area North Fire and Rescue Acting Chief Louis Evans.

But, after the death of Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman after being hit by a car, almost a year ago firefighters here are being cautious.

Evans said, “we’ve got cones set out. Orange cones set out. We’ve got all of our firefighters who are out collecting money in yellow warning vests. We’ve got signs up along the little road we’re on and we’re making sure we have spotters watching what we’re doing and things like that.”

Even so, events like this one make these public safety workers proud.

Clinton Area North Fire and Rescue First Responder Valerie Curtis said, “I’m just glad to see that so many people still support us and they still help out with fundraisers that we do.”

“One of the things I enjoy is giving back. Giving back to the community. All of our guys and gals in our department are part paid. They’re not in it for the money. They’re in it to provide a service for the community. And, if any small way that we can raise money for the community is a great thing to do,” said Evans.

People driving by began filling the boot this morning and will continue tomorrow at the St. Johns Wal-Mart from 11 a-m to 4 p-m.

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