From Charles Lauersdorf, Iron Mountain Fire Chief:
The fire fighter affiliation with the Muscular Dystrophy Association has been a continual partnership since the 1950s. Nationwide, once a year, firefighters take to street corners in their respective communities with the MDA fill-the-boot campaign. The fire fighters fill-the-boot campaign for the MDA is a major contributor to the Labor Day telethon. Fire fighters nationwide raised 26 million dollars in 2013.
This year, Iron Mountain fire fighters raised over $3,100 for the MDA in the two-hour fill-the-boot event at the corner of Stephenson and H Streets.
I think that amount, in that short of a time frame, in a community of our size speaks volumes on the generosity of our area. To all who gave, thank you very much.
I would like to thank the lady who recently wrote in to the newspaper for her concerns over the safety of the firemen. It's always nice to feel appreciated.
The MDA takes out an insurance policy every year to cover this event, and the firemen wear highly reflective vests when participating in the event.
Of course, there is always the chance that someone could get hurt, and safety is foremost in our minds every year in the preparations leading up to the event. That is why many signs are put up on all roads leading to the intersection where the event is taking place.
Hopefully, this gives attentive motorists an earlier indication to expect something a little out of the ordinary just up the street.
There is no other way for us to reach out to so many generous people in such a small amount of time.
And again, this is a nationwide event. For those who may find this two-hour period to be an inconvenience for them, please accept my apologies.
I know we can never please everyone. For those who were able to make a contribution, again, please accept my heartfelt thanks.
From Jerry Roberge, Kingsford:
I would like to thank the Kingsford school district and especially Al Unger for giving me the opportunity to coach girls volleyball for the past 11 years.
We often hear how kids behave badly, however I can honestly say I never saw it, in fact I saw the opposite. I would also like to thank all the girls I coached thanks for keeping me young, and thanks for the memories.
From Agatha Caviani, Kingsford:
This is in regard to the recent open house at the Iron Mountain State Police Post.
What an education and appreciation of all the things the State Police do.
A scrumptious breakfast and registration for prizes and free give-aways were offered. Fingerprinting, a firearms display, Rambo-the drug sniffing dog, the water patrol boat with life jackets, water safety, and sitting in the squad car were highlights of the event. Attendees to the open house saw the amazing and fun robots and the "gear" worn by the officers for their personal protection. Car seat information was also given away.
Demonstrations were given and all questions were answered by this great group of friendly officers from both Upper and Lower Michigan. Rest easy, folks. Our highways are being patrolled. They're catching the bad guys, keeping the good guys, and keeping us safe from harm's way.
Congratulations, Iron Mountain Post. You did yourselves proud.