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Firefighters Fight Muscular Dystrophy

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local firefighters are using their fire boots Saturday, not to battle fires but to fight muscular dystrophy.

This fundraising effort by firefighters is called Fill the Boot and it started Friday.

All proceeds are going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and participants say they couldn’t be happier to help the cause.

Firefighters say about 60 volunteers from across the fire department joined in this year. They stood at the intersection of Pioneer Parkway and Q Street collecting money in firefighter boots from anyone driving by.

Volunteers say every year they receive an outpouring of support both from the community and from each other.

“For a lot of us, we might not have the opportunity to donate that kind of money to a cause on our own but we know that we can be out here and really be helping people out,” said Dan Westerman, a firefighter with Eugene-Springfield fire.

Westerman says last year the firefighters raised about $40,000.

This year, they’re hoping to raise the bar. They estimate each firefighter raises about $100,000 per hour.

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