2017 Virginia Professional Fire Fighters' "Fill the Boot" Month


WHEREAS, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters 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, dedicated individuals, whose character and courage ensure our safety; 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; and

WHEREAS, over the past 63 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters has raised more than $607 million for the MDA through the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters committed service to the Muscular Dystrophy Association has provided significant support to families fighting life-threatening neuromuscular diseases;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 2017 as VIRGINIA PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS’ “FILL THE BOOT MONTH” in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.