Through its Fill the Boot campaign, the Harker Heights Fire Department has raised $4,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Fire Chief Paul Sims said, “Our crews hit the streets to collect the funds but the true credit belongs to the people of Harker Heights who take the time to stop at our collection points and give out of unselfish hearts.”

Jen Jessen, Waco Area Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, said, “The Harker Heights Fire Department has consistently raised $4,000 or more every year they have been supporting our cause and we appreciate them. It goes a long way to helping local families get the support and services they need to live longer and grow stronger.”

During a special presentation on Oct. 25, Sims was joined by four of his firefighter/paramedics in presenting a check to Jessen on behalf of the MDA totaling $3,994.94.

Taking part in the check ceremony with Jessen and Sims were Zack Gauthier, Clint Chude and Capt. Cindy Hicks.

Sims said, “After checking the math, both Jen and I agreed that the number $4,000 should have been written on the total line.”

Jessen awarded the department with a plaque on behalf of MDA.

“There have been more advancements in life saving treatments in the last year than in the history of neuromuscular research! These breakthroughs are made possible because of the dedication of the fire departments that Fill the Boot for MDA,” according to Jessen.

Last year, firefighters raised more that $24 million at more than 1,600 Fill the Boot events nationwide.

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