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IN PHOTOS: Gresham firefighters fill the boot

Emergency responders raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Have you filled the boot?

For 60 years the International Association of Fire Fighters have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the “Fill the Boot” fundraiser.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8, volunteers from the Gresham Fire Department will fundraise in a hands-on manner on the corner of Southeast Eastman Parkway and Division Street.

Kevin Larson, president of the Gresham Fire Department’s local union, said last year's event raised nearly $21,000 for the MDA.

“Gresham was the number four in the state for raising the most money,” Larson said. “We even beat Portland.”

The volunteers have seen everything from checks, change, $100 bills and even a diamond ring one year. The ring, which was accidentally thrown in the boot, was later returned to its owner.

“You’d be surprised by people’s generosity," said Gresham firefighter Mark Bancroft.

The Gresham fundraiser has been involved in the fundraiser for 20-plus years, but this is the first with “Old Betsy,” Gresham’s first brand new fire engine. The 1928 LaFrance doesn’t get out much, but it excited firefighters and passers-by alike.

Larson thanked the Gresham Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, the local 1062 and of course “Old Betsy” for helping with this year's fundraiser.

ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Gresham Fire FIghter Mark Bancroft asks drivers to 'fill the boot' for muscular dystrophy.ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - 1928 LaFrance anitque fire engine called 'Old Betsy' made an appearance at the fundraiser. ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - This is the first year that the 'Old Betsy' came out for the fundraiser.ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Last year the Fire Department raised almost $21,000 for the MDA.ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Fire Fighter and volunteers held signs advocating for the MDA. ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Volunteers and off-duty fire fighters have been raising money for MDA for 20 plus years in Gresham.ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Fire fighters chatted in traffic during Friday's 'Fill the Boot' fundraiser.ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Drivers at the corner of S.E. Eastman Parkway and S.E. Division Street will see fire fighters and volunteers Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Fire fighters and volunteers young and old helped to raise money for muscular diseases.

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