Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy

Jul 10, 2014

Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander.  For the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.

About fifteen firefighters from the Rhinelander Fire Department are hoping to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money.  Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“Believe it or not, everyone’s happy, they say thank you for doing this.  So it means a lot to us, and obviously the cause is a great way to help some of these children.” 

It’s a busy traffic time thanks to the Hodag Country Fest a few miles away, and the department is hoping to raise more than $12,000 by the end of the day on Saturday.

Firefighters are slowing traffic at the intersection of Stevens Street and Highway W, which they say is a good thing on a busy summer weekend.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Miranda Knudson of the Muscular Dystrophy Association office in Green Bay…says all the money goes towards helping families in Oneida County. 

“We have about 19 families in Oneida County that will be directly supported.  This department is great, they have a great intersection, a lot of traffic with the Hodag festival, everyone’s coming through with their campers.  It’s a lot of fun.”

She says the money goes towards expenses and quality of life improvements, like sending the kids to summer camp.