Archive for Friday, September 5, 1997


September 5, 1997


Firefighters raise nearly $2,000 for muscular dystrophy

Local firefighters and volunteers raised nearly $2,000 for muscular dystrophy last weekend.

John Evans, a firefighter with the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Department, said the funds were raised Friday through Monday as part of the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Members of the International Association of Firefighters Local No. 1596 and the Fire & Medical department collected funds at various sites through "boot-blocks," in which donations were placed in rubber boots.

Also, several firefighters and volunteers manned two telephone lines taking pledges during the telethon from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Lawrence telephone numbers were displayed to its viewers on area television stations, Evans said.

"The citizens have provided support for a nationwide effort to defeat diseases, which affect many in our community," he said.

Local firefighters have participated in the telethon for the last several years.

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