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Fill the Boot Month


WHEREAS, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters exemplify the most time–honored American ideals of public service and sacrifice, protecting the citizens of our communities from tragedy on the home front; 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, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters selflessly donate their time and energy to fighting for children and adults with 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 65 years, Professional Fire Fighters from across the country have raised more than $650 million for the MDA through the annual Fill the Boot campaign; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters’ service to MDA has given so much hope for families fighting life-threatening neuromuscular diseases;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2019 as FILL THE BOOT MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.