Firefighters will fill the boot for MD

By Maecy Enger, Columbian Staff Reporter

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The Vancouver firefighters union will join with other union locals in the Portland area to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during August’s annual “Fill the Boot” benefit. For the ninth consecutive year, firefighters will stand at intersections filling fire boots with money from passers-by.

Randy Marler, local coordinator of the event, said the goal this year is to raise $25,000. The money buys medicine and medical equipment including wheelchairs, and supports a weeklong summer camp for people with muscular dystrophy.

Six different Portland-area fire departments will be spread across the metro area raising money. Besides Vancouver, the departments are Portland, Tualatin Valley, Hillsboro, Clackamas and Gresham.

The Vancouver firefighters will solicit funds on two street corners from 12-4 p.m. Aug. 11-12: Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road and Southeast First Street at 192nd Avenue.

Vancouver Pipe and Drum band members will join the firefighters.

Maecy Enger: maecy.enger@columbian.com; 360-735-4522