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Rhinelander Fire Department writes its largest check to the Fill the Boot campaign Submitted: 08/09/2018
Rhinelander Fire Department writes its largest check to the Fill the Boot campaign
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Thursday, the Rheinlander Fire Department gave a check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the Fill the Boot campaign.

Last month, firefighters stood at the corner of Stevens Street and Highway W when the Hodag County Fest was going on.

They asked drivers to give what they can to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's summer camp program.

Senior Firefighter Nathan Bates says they raised more money this year than ever before.

"It's great that the community supported us. And even with the bad weather that we had for the days we were out there, they came out and we were very generous and we thank them for that," said Bates.


Rhinelander collected more than $15,000, about a thousand more than last year.

MDA Fundraiser Coordinator Taylor Lodewegen said the department collected enough to land the small department as one of the top 10 collectors in the entire state.

She was shocked to see the large number on the check after there rain during the collection days.

"Super excited for them because we did have some rain so it's nice to see their hard work standing out in the rain came through," said Lodewegen.

Bates says they don't have a goal yet for next year, they don't want to jinx anything.



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