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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.