Governor honors MDA Boot Drive, firefighters

Milton raises record-breaking $65,620 through boot drives

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MILTON, Ga. – In a ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 14, Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed August “MDA Firefighter Appreciation Month” in recognition of the selfless service by departments across the state in the fight against muscular dystrophy.

Firefighters from Milton were in attendance at the historic occasion, joining colleagues from the Atlanta and Rockdale fire departments and representatives from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Milton’s designees were honored for their work in raising a record-breaking $65,620.71 through boot drives this summer – topping last year’s total by nearly $5,000.

“I’d like to personally thank the extremely generous residents and drivers in Milton for their tremendous support of the boot drive in this, and previous, years,” said Fire Chief Robert Edgar. “Every year, we surpass our goals because our residents and motorists are so giving.”

Deal’s proclamation honors the continued contributions of firefighters who volunteer hundreds of hours to support annual boot drives, golf tournaments, camp and numerous other events to benefit the MDA. For more than 50 years, these firefighters have teamed up with MDA to fight muscle disease.

In five years, the Milton Fire Department has raised more than $221,000 – not counting this year’s totals – for MDA, which uses the money to aid local children and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases by providing wheelchairs, leg braces, clinic visits, support groups and a chance for children to attend Camp Walk-N-Roll.