Cove firefighters had great success with Fill the Boot campaign supporting Muscular Dystrophy Association during the long Labor Day weekend.

“It went very well,” Fire Chief Burney Baskett said. “Unfortunately, we did have a lot of calls, so they couldn’t stay out there very long.”

While not responding to emergencies, firefighters placed themselves on various street corners Friday through Monday to collect donations from motorists.

“The funds raised go to support research on treatments and cures for muscular disorders, as well as provide for treatments, purchase and repair of medical equipment and to support a camp for children with muscular dystrophy disorders in Meridian,” Baskett said in August.

With more than $10,000 counted so far, the fire department didn’t know the final tally of funds raised for the organization, because it was still counting coins that were donated.

Baskett, however, said it he was sure they broke even or came close to the amount they were hoping to raise.

“While out there, (firefighters) said the community’s response was great,” he said.

Last year, the department raised about $11,000. This year, its goal was $12,000. Since 2007, it has collected more than $46,000 from residents.

Fill the Boot is a fire department tradition across the country, which started in 1954, Baskett said.

It helps children and is a perfect fit for firefighters because of how children look up to the emergency responders.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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