City of Vernon California

Fill the Boot 2017

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Vernon Fire Department Raises $25,000 in Spirited Three-Day

'Fill the Boot' Campaign

Vernon, Calif. (June 5, 2017) – The City of Vernon's Fire Department joined thousands of firefighters across the nation in the time-honored tradition of the 'Fill the Boot' campaign - a fundraising initiative to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  In the spirit of the fundraiser, Vernon firefighters hit the streets asking pedestrians, motorists and other passersby to make a donation to MDA.

"The 'Fill the Boot' campaign has been an honored tradition for over sixty years where firefighters come together as a community to raise money to find a cure for muscular dystrophy," said Vernon Fire Chief Bruce English.

More than 40 Vernon firefighters volunteered for fundraising shifts on their free time raising more than $25,000 in just three days at fundraising stations on Soto and Bandini Blvd., Downey and Bandini Blvd. and Vernon and Santa Fe Avenues.

"As firefighters we feel it is very important to give back to the community so every year we donate our own time to "Fill the Boot" to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association," explained Vernon Firefighter Jason Rosa.

He continued, "In addition to this, several of our members also attend the annual MDA Summer Camp as counselors for the day just to help ensure the kids have a memorable experience. We are honored and humbled to continue this long-standing IAFF tradition as a way to help fund research and send these children to a camp where they can forget their worries for a while and just be kids."

This is the 9th year the Vernon Fire Department participated. In total, the department has raised close to $300,000 and have sent over 320 children to MDA camps across Southern California.   SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT  SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT  SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT For more information on the Vernon Fire Department, visit www.cityofvernon.org.

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About Vernon

Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the city's 5.2-mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending. Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion is salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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