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Ardmore Fire Department Asks the Community to "Fill The Boot"

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ARDMORE, OK -- Local firefighters are giving back to their community by walking the streets and filling their fire boots.

"Thank you, ya'll have a great day, you too."

The Ardmore firefighters delivered a road side service Saturday, giving the city of Ardmore the chance to give back to their community.

"It's right thing to do.”

The fill the boot campaign is a national tradition where thousands of dedicated firefighters hit the streets, to make a donation to the muscular dystrophy association.

"In the last couple of years, we have had it affect two people directly associated with us, one a firefighters wife and a firefighter we had," Ardmore firefighter Dave Wilkinson says.

Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary condition that progressively weakens and breaks down muscle tissue, there are fewer than 200,000 cases per year, but the result can be extremely life threatening. 

"It’s affected three people close to our hearts and that's just a drop in the bucket," Wilkinson says.

The Ardmore fire department says they participate in this campaign every year and they say this year they hope to raise more than $10,000.

"I want to help my local firefighters, they put their lives on the line, and every day for us so if they need some charity then I’ll give it to them," Ardmore resident Dustin Pempsell says.

The firefighters stood on the corner of North Commerce and 12th Avenue for nearly 5 hours hoping to fill their boots all the way to the top and the community says they could not be more appreciative.

"I just think they're great."

If you would like to donate, go to https://www.mda.org/get-involved/fill-the-boot.