Chattanooga Firefighters Fill the Boot For MDA And Are Named 2017 MDA Golden Axe Award Winners

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Mayor Andy Berke, Holly Carroll with MDA, Fire Chief Phil Hyman and firefighters at Station 1 pose for a group photo Thursday morning with a local MDA ambassador family. MDA Ambassador Luke Dotson got to hold the golden axe awarded to the Chattanooga Fire Department for finishing first last year in fundraising for MDA. To the left of Luke is his father Jimmy, and standing behind Luke is his mother Wendy and twin sister Lily. His other sister Emma could not make the event.
Mayor Andy Berke, Holly Carroll with MDA, Fire Chief Phil Hyman and firefighters at Station 1 pose for a group photo Thursday morning with a local MDA ambassador family. MDA Ambassador Luke Dotson got to hold the golden axe awarded to the Chattanooga Fire Department for finishing first last year in fundraising for MDA. To the left of Luke is his father Jimmy, and standing behind Luke is his mother Wendy and twin sister Lily. His other sister Emma could not make the event.
- photo by Bruce Garner

Members of the Chattanooga Fire Department and Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 are set to kick off the fire fighter’s annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility.

 

More than 370 fire fighters from Chattanooga Fire Department and Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive. Due to Thursday’s inclement weather and safety concerns, Thursday’s Fill the Boot drive has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 5. However, firefighters will be out as scheduled on Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

Quint 1 – 4th Sttreet and Mable Street

Ladder 1 – Main Street & Central

Squad 1 – Broad Street & Aquarium Way

Quint 2 – Market Street & Main Street

Quint 3 – Entrance of Walmart & Cummings Road

Engine 4 – Dodson Avenue & Wilcox Boulevard

Engine 5 – Main Street & Willow Street

Quint 4 – Bailey Avenue & Willow Street

Quint 6 – Bonny Oaks Drive & Highway 58

Quint 7 – Lee Highway & Relocation Way (Food City)

Squad 7 – Jenkins Road (intersection by Tiger Mart)

Quint 8 – Shallowford Road & Hamilton Place Boulevard

Engine 9 – Rossville Boulevard & Dodds Avenue

Quint 10 – Wilder Street & Dodson Avenue

Engine 12 – Frazier Avenue & Forrest Avenue

Quint 13 – Greenway View Dr & Brainerd Road

Squad 13 – Igou Gap Road & Gunbarrel Road

Quint 14 – St. Elmo Avenue & 38th Street

Engine 15 – Moore Road & Shallowford Road

Quint 16 – Lupton Drive & Hixson Pike

Quint 17 – Mountain Creek Rd & Signal Mtn Boulevard

Quint 19 – North Point Road & Hixson Pike

Squad 19 – North Point Road & Hixson Pike

Squad 20 – Brown's Ferry Road & Cummings Road

Quint 21 – E. Brainerd Road & Graysville Road (Walmart parking lot) 

Engine 22 – Walmart Entrance and Exit behind Chik-Fil-A on Highway 153

 

No streets and/or intersections will be closed during the event. 

           

“For more than sixty years, fire fighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” said Regional Manager of Firefighter Partnership, Holly S. Carroll.  “We are extremely thankful for the Chattanooga fire fighters that dedicate countless hours of their time participating in Fill the Boot drives for MDA.  As a result of their incredible willingness to participate in this honored tradition, we are thrilled to present the Chattanooga Fire Department and Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 with the 2017 MDA Golden Axe Award.  The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides the “Golden Axe Award” to the city department that raises the most money in the annual Fill the Boot campaign. This year, we are excited to have the axe reside in the city of Chattanooga.  We're grateful for their steadfast drive and remarkable care they show the kids and adults we serve and look forward to working together once again to make this Fill the Boot season a huge success.”

 

MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters in hometowns across America hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. Funds raised through 2018 Chattanooga Fill the Boot events empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits.

 

In addition to Fill the Boot drives, fire fighter contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases. Contributions also help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.They also help send local kids to MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Camp Widjiwagan, located in South Nashville on Percy Priest Lake.

Mayor Berke makes the first contribution to the Fill the Boot campaign
Mayor Berke makes the first contribution to the Fill the Boot campaign
- Photo2 by Bruce Garner

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