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Firefighters boot up charity work

They're out fundraising, but ready for any emergency, they say.

July 25, 2012|By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com
  • Captain Bruce Davis, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, accepts a donation from a passing motorist on Foothill Boulevard in La Canada Flintridge as part of the "Fill the Boot" campaign to raise money for MDA.
Captain Bruce Davis, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department,… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Foothill Boulevard was swarming with firefighters Tuesday and Wednesday, many hollering and waving rubber boots at passing motorists.

There was no emergency. Los Angeles County firefighters were out to “fill the boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. in an annual charitable effort that dates back to 1954. Firefighters from Station 82, at Foothill Boulevard and the Foothill (210) Freeway, were among those working the corner at Memorial Park and at an intersection in Altadena.

Firefighter Clarissa Leos helped organize the event for Battalion 4, which includes seven stations from San Fernando to Pasadena. She met many motorists from her spot on an island in the middle of Foothill Boulevard Wednesday. She said motorists asked about the charity, asked how the fire season is going and inquired as to whether firefighters would speak to their classes or organizations.

As for the charity, Leos said firefighters weren’t particular. “It doesn’t have to be cash money,” she said, “Change out of the ash tray, we’ll take anything.”

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As for fire season, Leos had one word: Dry. “Usually, it’s like this in October. It’s July.”

Leos encouraged residents to be vigilant. “If you see something, say something,” she said. As for talking with firefighters, she encourages residents to stop by Station 82 with their inquiries.

Station 82 Capt. Raymond Mitchison said he looks forward to participating in the fundraiser that involves members of the International Firefighters Assn. from all over the county. But he and his crew were still prepared for action. “We’re still race-ready for any calls,” he said.

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