72. NSB firefighters use boot on SR 44 to collect $8,651 for Muscular Dystrophy Assn

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New Smyrna Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Dymond stands at the ready to take donations from passing motorists on State Road 44 just east of the Denny's restaurant on Labor Day weekend.
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Firefighters in this seaside city raised $8,651 during the Labor Day weekend to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

As part of the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association’s charity boot drive, firefighters braved the heat and stood at the intersection of Old Mission Road and State Road 44 on Aug. 30-31, with their boots at the ready. And passing motorists graciously donated money to help children and families who have been affected by muscular dystrophy.

The New Smyrna Beach Fire Department's successful boot drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association comes in at No. 72 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

New Smyrna Beach is among countless fire departments across the country that participate in the joint effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy. 

MDA’s mission is to save and improve the lives of people who have muscular dystrophy which is a disease that destroys muscle function.

“I’m extremely grateful to the men and women of the department who donated their time to help,” Battalion Chief Chris Dymond, dressed in his firefighting gear, told Headline Surfer®. “I would also like to express my appreciation of the citizens and visitors of New Smyrna Beach who generously donated.”

“I’m extremely grateful to the men and women of the department who donated their time to help,” Battalion Chief Chris Dymond, dressed in his firefighting gear, told Headline Surfer®. “I would also like to express my appreciation of the citizens and visitors of New Smyrna Beach who generously donated.”

 

The boot drive coincides with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Labor Day weekend telethon. Members of the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department will present the MDA with a check from the donations later this week. Dymond has spearheaded the boot drive for nearly a decade. He estimates $100,000 has been raised in New Smyrna Beach over several decades of participation.
 

 

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