Firefighters make $13K goal in muscular dystrophy fight

Gloucester’s Local 762 firefighters have given a $13,000 kick to muscular dystrophy through their annual boot drive.

They carried out the drive along Western Avenue in August and September, meeting their goal and matching the amount raised last year, retired firefighter and project coordinator James Hannon Jr. said.

Hannon said the drive received a special finish-line boost when attorney Joseph Orlando Jr., who contributed the final $286 when it appeared the drive was coming up short.

“A few weeks back, I met (Orlando) and told him we were $286 short of our goal, and he said, ‘No problem, I will make that up.’ — and he did,” Hannon said. “So many thanks to him and his office and to all who contributed.”

Hannon said this year’s total means that firefighters in the last 10 years have raised close to $100,000 through the boot drive, in which they collect donations from motorists who pass along Western Avenue. The collections are part of an International Association of Firefighters drive that has supported the fight against muscular dystrophy since 1954.

The money from the Gloucester drive goes to support local families dealing with muscular dystrophy and send local kids afflicted with the disease to summer camp.

“We are working so hard to overcome this disease with new medications and treatments,” Hannon said. “I also want to thank the mayor and the senior staff at the Gloucest√™r Fire Department, along with Chief Eric Smith.”


Courtesy Gloucester Daily Times