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They may not be the season's most fashionable boots, but the Dickinson Fire Department's boots still made quite a statement Thursday evening. The Department held its first ever "Fill the Boot" event throughout the city, raising money for the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

In years past, the Dickinson Fire Department has held other fundraisers for the MDA that coincide with the Association's Labor Day campaign. However, this year the Department decided to try the Fill the Boot event to further engage the Dickinson community.

Firefighters set up their boots at the Prairie Hills Mall, Wal-Mart, and the Alive at Five event on First Avenue West at 4pm. The campaign had no ending time, because the Department wanted to see how successful it could make this event.

The money raised went to individuals suffering from the condition, and their families, in North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota.

Dickinson Fire Department's support of the MDA stems from a history of partnership between the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Association. Currently, the IAFF is the largest national sponsor of the MDA.

"The Muscular Dystrophy's fundraising efforts of course are a lifesaving effort, which goes hand in hand with the missions and the service of the American Fire Departments, so it's a natural partnership," Chief Sivak explained.

The MDA provides health care and medical services to both children and adults with neuromuscular diseases, in addition to funding research around the world.

Fill the Boot wasn't the only fundraising event for the MDA on Thursday. The Association itself set up the "MDA Lock-Up," which put Dickinson Area leaders "behind bars."

Participants went online and registered as "jailbirds," encouraging friends, family, and Dickinson residents to bail them out with donations.

The event was sponsored by Forum Communications Company and Border States Electric. The money raised will help send children suffering from Muscular Dystrophy to a week-long summer camp at Camp Courage on Maple Lake, Minnesota.

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