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 Departments 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.
Youd be surprised by peoples 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, Greshams first brand new fire engine. The 1928 LaFrance doesnt 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.