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Arlington Heights Firefighters Fill the Boot for Children with Muscular Dystrophy

Arlington Heights Firefighters Fill the Boot for Children with Muscular Dystrophy

A big thanks from Arlington Heights firefighters to all who helped them Fill the Boot in 2018! The final number’s not in yet but local firefighters and paremedics were out at major intersections Friday collecting money to help send kids with muscular dystrophy to summer camp. In partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Arlington Heights Fire Department has set Fill the Boot fundraising records for the last 8 years, with $59,233 raised in 2017. That number ranked the department second in the campaign for most money raised by a fire department in the state of Illinois! To support the cause, firefighters also hosted a Fill the Boot benefit at Ditka’s Restaurant on Friday night.

Firefighter & paramedic, Ted Peterson says it costs $2,000 to send one child to summer camp and 100% of the money raised goes to support MDA camp and medical services for area children. “The summer camp these kids go to is kind of like Christmas wrapped into a two week period. They get to go to this camp with other kids similar to themselves and the camp is designed to handle their needs. They have medical staff and doctors on hand. It’s one time parents can feel comfortable sending their kids away because mostly these parents are 24/7 caregivers. It feels great to provide a little sunshine to these kids and their families.”

Peterson says Arlington Heights’ firefighters have participated in the MDA Fill the Boot campaign for 28 years as a department. The International Association of Firefighters has taken part for over 60 years.

The Arlington Heights Fire Department has 110 members and responds to about 10,000 calls a year. Firefighter Peterson says they’re second in Cook County in call volume next to the City of Chicago, due to the many assisted care facilities in town to be near Northwest Community Hospital. The department operates four fire stations which are staffed 24 hours a day/365 days a year. These stations house six fire engines, two ladder towers, six ambulances and four specialty/rescue squads. Learn more at

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