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Firefighters take off their boots for charity

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Every day, firefighters across our area risk their lives in the name of public safety.

On Saturday, hundreds of Phenix City's and Columbus' finest rolled up their hoses and took off their boots- literally- to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The donations from their "Fill the Boot" drives help fund research for the neuromuscular disease- one that little Jacob Owens knows all too well.

"Jacob is still mobile. He's still able to walk and everything but as the disease progresses, if there isn't some kind of treatment out there very soon, then he will wind up in a wheelchair and it just goes downhill," said his grandmother, Linda Owens.

And just like fighting flames, raising money for the cause is something local firefighters take seriously.

"Every year for the last few years, Phenix City has been first or second in the state of Alabama for the most funds received. We have a lot of fun with it and we do it all year long," said James Anthony, a Phenix City firefighter.

"It gives us a real sense of pleasure of being able to give back to someone and especially for these kids. Hopefully, they can find a cure in the future," Sergeant Jeff Pace of Columbus Fire and EMS said.

"Those of us who have children with this disease- time is working against us so we need everybody to donate if they can," Owens added.

The thousands of dollars collected will help provide things like wheelchairs, leg braces and clinic visits for those battling the disease.


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