For over 17 years, Marion County Fire District #1 Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2557 has been raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to fight neuromuscular disease with ‘Fill the Boot’ fundraisers. On November 27, 2015, MCFD#1 firefighters donated time and resources to lay the foundation for another successful ‘Fill the Boot’ event.

This year’s ‘Fill the Boot’ event, held in front of Roth’s IGA in northeast Salem, Oregon, raised $15,018.12. “These positive impacts increase our community’s health and well-being; it allows Marion County Firefighters to connect with the communities we proudly serve.” ‘Fill the Boot’ also involves our family members and close friends all coming together with the community for a great cause.” said Firefighter/Paramedic Jerrod Schuch of MCFD#1.

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MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA); the IAFF has been fundraising with MDA for over 60 years. More than 300,000 members of the IAFF in the United States and Canada are pledged to saving lives, both as firefighters and paramedics and as the strongest campaigners for the worldwide research efforts of MDA to eradicate 40 neuromuscular diseases. The contributions of the firefighters also go towards MDA’s summer camps for children, professional and public health education, and other programs.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support and time everyone involved donated toward this event. We couldn’t have done it without them.” Said Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Wildfang and Ashley Yukich, MDA ‘Fill the Boot’ coordinators.

Marion County Fire District #1 Professional Firefighters Local 2557 would like to thank the following local businesses, organizations, and institutions for continued support:

* Marion County Volunteer Firefighters Association
* Salem Professional Firefighters IAFF L314
* Chemeketa Community College Firefighter Program
* Lowes
* Roths Fresh Markets
* Chipotle
* Odd Moes
* Starbucks
* Columbia Bank

For more information, please contact Scott Wildfang and Ashley Yukich, MDA Coordinators @
Marion County Professional Firefighters L2557 Facebook &