The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

September 14, 2013

Local firefighters 'fill the boot' for MDA research

Late last month the Washington Fire Department Local 495 spent two days collecting money at the Washington Walmart for the Muscular Dystophy Association or MDA as part of the Fill the Boot campaign.

“Our department has been doing Fill the Boot for at least 20 years,” said Fire Chief Dave Rhoads. “Nationally, fire departments have been doing this program for longer than that. The department also pairs with the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. “

This year, the local fire department raised $1,244 for the association that works to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.

“The MDA helps so many families with the disease and our fire department, as well as many others across the country, like to help those families in need. We just feel this is worthy cause,” said Rhoads.

According to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the IAFF’s Fill the Boot drive is one of the largest contributors to the MDA each year. The time-honored summer tradition first started in 1953 in South Boston, Va. when fire fighter George Graney’s friend Charlie Crowley approached Graney about needing more money to take care of his two sons with muscular dystrophy. Graney and 20 fire fighters went door-to-door and raised $5,000 in a canister drive.

Fill the Boot became a nationwide effort the following year and since then, fire fighters across the country have garnered more than $425 million for MDA research, service and other programs.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Hypothyroid, diabetes both autoimmune disoders DEAR DR. ROACH: My oldest grandson, 17, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about three years ago and has been on levothyroxine daily, with good lab numbers since. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus three months ago. He is on insulin three

    August 2, 2014

  • Willcor5.ribbon.JPG Wilcor cuts ribbon at WestGate ODON — Former Indiana Lt. Governor turned Radius Indiana President/CEO, Becky Skillman, once called the WestGate@Crane Tech Park a “miracle in a cornfield.” That miracle continues to grow. New tenants, Willcor, Inc. and STI Electronics, Inc., held a

    August 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grandstands feel a little empty at NASCAR races As the cars whizzed around the two-and-a-half mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend, it appeared that something was missing from this year’s Brickyard 400 – fans.NASCAR races were huge draws in the early years in Indianapolis, att

    August 2, 2014

  • Sports Briefs Beasley fires Hole-In-OneMONTGOMERY — Norman Beasley, of Shoals, made a hole-in-one July 9 on the 139-yard, No. 14 at Country Oaks. Results from Sucker In Bucket Tournament (Par 72)MONTGOMERY — 1st Jim Martin, Bill Goodwin,Les Potts,CV Burgess(-21);

    August 2, 2014

  • Linebacker Jackson ready to make an impact for Colts Inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson hopes to become a difference maker for the Indianapolis Colts defense this season.Jackson will be entering his nine season in the National Football League but it’s his first with the Colts. He signed with Indianapoli

    August 2, 2014

  • Today's police report CITY REPORT Friday 12:34 a.m. - Police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot, 1801 S. SR 57, to investigate a break-in into a car. Two cellphones and two sets of earbuds were taken. 9:10 a.m. - Officers received a report that someone pumped $10 in

    August 1, 2014

  • Area Democrats look to reorganize party in Daviess County Will Rogers once quipped, "I am not part of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat." That same sentiment might best describe the status of the Democrat Party in Daviess County. "I hate to say it," said Dave Crooks, a former state representativ

    August 1, 2014

  • NWS - WT080214 - Coal2 - NBS Front lines of the war on coal DUGGER — Peggy and Martha Marlow collect artifacts of this small town’s history for a storefront mining museum that Martha helped open more than 30 years ago. Tin dinner buckets, carbide headlamps and battered hard hats line the museum’s crowded shel

    August 1, 2014 3 Photos

  • woodruff.jpg Ethics officer says Woodruff didn't violate law

    INDIANAPOLIS — An investigation released Friday by the state’s top ethics officer found a former INDOT employee did not violate ethical or criminal law in the Interstate 69 project but calls for the state to enact stricter disclosure requirements.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas, Hilton hurt in Wednesday's practice ANDERSON — After a physical practice Wednesday afternoon at Anderson University, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping they have not lost another starter.Left guard Donald Thomas hit the ground following an 11-on-11 running drill and was visibly upset wh

    August 1, 2014