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Fort Wayne firefighters collect $35,000+ for MDA

(Photo Supplied/ Muscular Dystrophy Association)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Another “off” year for Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters’ annual “fill the boot” fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

In 2017, firefighters collected more than $107,500 in donations. That was also the last year they were allowed to ask for donations while standing at the intersections of major roads.

Last year they raised $37,000, and this year’s total is just over $35,600, according to the Journal Gazette.

RELATED: Firefighters blame city officials for low MDA fundraiser amount

Union President Jeremy Bush says about 340 firefighters participated in their off-hours after Chief Eric Lahey restricted them from collecting while on-duty and limited collections to inside businesses and on parking lots amid safety concerns.


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