Recognizing that fighting fires is one of the most hazardous professions in our community, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley last week officially proclaimed the week of August 25th-31st as Central Emergency Services Fire Fighter Appreciation Week.
Additionally the proclamation recognized that Alaska Fire Fighters throughout the state collected a record breaking $103,373 during the 2000 "Fill the Boot Campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In the Central Peninsula alone, the firefighters collected $13,600. Arlan Freestone, who has two sons with MD, publicly expressed his appreciation for the dedication and contribution that Alaska's firefighters have given toward the fight against MD at Tuesday's Assembly meeting.
"The proclamation recognizes the CES, but actually it's the citizens of the Central Peninsula that should be recognized. Alaska as a whole, and the Central Peninsula in particular, have a higher per capita donation rate to Muscular Dystrophy than any of the other places outside," said Chief Malmquist, "So we accept this proclamation on behalf of the people that really make it happen, the people that donate."
Malmquist added that he hoped the community would recognize Fire Fighter Appreciation Week by doing a pre winter check up of their heating systems before the cold weather gets arrives. "We have all kinds of handouts available at our stations with information on protection from carbon monoxide, heating systems, smoke detectors, and generally what people need to do to protect themselves," said Chief Malmquist. Over the Labor Day weekend local fire fighters will once again be out on the streets with their Fill the Boot Campaign on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy.
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