A’burg firefighters fill the boot for Muscular Dystrophy


By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg firefighters were out in full force Saturday afternoon, raising money for Muscular Dystrophy.

The Amherstburg Firefighter Association (AFA) set up shop outside Wal-Mart for the second annual Fill-A-Boot campaign.

“This is a national fundraiser for fireman,” said Amherstburg fire captain Dave Wharram. “We do our volleyball tournament in the summer that raises funds for all kinds of thing we do in the community, but this is something we want to do for Muscular Dystrophy.”


The Amherstburg Fire Fighters Association raised $1,589 during the 2012 Fill-A-Boot Campaign.

Wharram said the Amherstburg Fire Department teamed up with Interstate Battery to hand out free 9-volt batteries.

“You can use the 9-volt battery to replace the battery you have in your smoke alarm,” said Wharram. “It all ties in with fire prevention week.”

Shoppers could also stop and have a snack, as hot dogs, chips and soft drinks were available for a three-dollar donation.

This year, the fundraiser brought in $1,589 compared to $1,400 in its first year.

“Anything counts,” said Wharram. “This is a very generous community and always has been.”

Since presenting this idea to the AFA a year ago, Wharram said Fire Chief Randy Sinasac and Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ouellette are “very supportive.”

“They have been stand up with everything,” said Wharram.

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