Firefighters ‘fill the boot’

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By Traci Chapman

Mustang Fire Department will hit the streets this weekend to raise funds for muscular dystrophy.

Firefighters will take part in the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign May 24-26 at the corner of state Highway 152 and Mustang Road. About 20 to 25 firefighters will be on hand all three days drumming up donations for the fight against the muscular disease, Deputy Chief Roy Widmann said.

The cause became personal to Mustang firefighters a long time ago, Widmann said. It was about 25 years ago when one of the department’s volunteers, volunteer assistant chief Curtis Kuhlman, contracted the disease when he was about 60 years old.

“It became personal for us then, as Curtis was a well-liked, well-respected volunteer,” Widmann said.

The group raised about $6,367 last year and hopes to surpass that this year, they said.

Fill the Boot began more than 50 years ago. Firefighters across the department take part in the event, raising thousands of dollars annually to help fight muscular dystrophy, find treatments and a cure for a wide range of neuromuscular diseases.