Sheridan Firefighters Collect Funds for MDA

Sheridan firefighters staff the boot on Monday. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan firefighters collected more than $6.000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this year in a three-day drive that started Saturday morning.

John Syring, who organizes the annual Labor Day event, said the drive is a project of the International Association of Firefighters.

He said the drive went well this year and was in keeping with a trend of increasing the amount of money collected every year.

He said the four duty personnel were at Walmart from 10 a.m. Until 3 p.m. all three days, and were joined as well by one or two off-duty personnel during that time. Syring said the IAFF partnered with MDA in 1954, and the Sheridan Fire and Rescue Department has been participating in the annual drive since the early 1970s.

In addition to the Sheridan fire department, Syring said Goose Valley had a boot drive at Ridley's during the same hours, and the other fire departments in the county had drives in their communities. Syring said MDA is a charity that the firefighters really believe in.

He said 70 cents of every dollar collected goes to benefit MDA patients. And, he said, Sheridan is a very generous community.

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A shopper stops to put money in the boot. (Photo by Pat Blair)