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WHEREAS, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF) exemplify the most time–honored American ideals of public service and sacrifice, by protecting communities from tragedy; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters are highly trained and dedicated individuals who demonstrate daily an extraordinary caliber of character and courage in the face of danger; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters is an association of local unions of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) that represents career professional fire fighters and paramedics in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the VPFF strives for an enhanced quality of life for its members, their families, and the continued safety of the citizens they serve; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters sponsor the “Fill the Boot” campaign each year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA); and
WHEREAS, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters selflessly donate their time and energy to supporting the battle against muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related life-threatening diseases that severely limit muscle strength and mobility by Filling the Boot each year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA); and
WHEREAS, over the past 64 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters has raised more than $700 million for the MDA through the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters committed service to the MDA has provided significant support to families fighting life-threatening neuromuscular diseases;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2018 as FILL THE BOOT MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.