Firefighters look to fill the boot

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighter Robert Seno and his fellow firefighters are out today to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the department’s “Fill the Boot” campaign.

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers

Clovis firefighters will be on street corners throughout today raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Termed “Fill the Boot,” the drive is geared toward raising money for direct donation to the foundation and operates with the slogan “Help firefighters help Jerry’s Kids.”

Public Education Officer Larry Roybal said the department hopes to surpass last year’s collections, which totaled around $5,000.

During peak traffic times over the next couple of Fridays and Saturdays, firefighters will stand at major intersections, approaching motorists with boots outstretched, Roybal said.

“Firefighters are dedicated to helping people, dedicated to saving lives, not just by responding in a truck or ambulance,” he said. “It’s a worthy cause and we’re spending our time doing something worthwhile.”

It is a long-standing tradition for firefighters nationwide, Clovis included, he said.

Roybal said more than 70 from the department plan to pitch in with the drive over coming weeks. There will be at least two boots at each intersection.

Firefighter Robert Seno said he enjoys helping with the campaign and plans to be out with a boot in his hand as much as possible.
“(We) gotta help little kids out — little kids can’t help themselves,” he said.

By the numbers
$150 — Provides one physical, occupational or respiratory therapy consultation
$500 — Assists one person a year wit the repair of a wheelchair or leg braces
$650 — Sends one child to MDA summer camp
Source: Muscular Dystrophy Association