MDA Awards CFD and Columbia Firefighter’s Association

By: Brick Lewis Posted in Uncategorized

Columbia FD Trophy photoThird year in a row that CFD top money raiser for 2013 MDA Boot Drive in Southeast

 Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins announced today that the Columbia Fire Department and the Columbia Firefighter’s Association once again were awarded for the highest raising MDA Boot Drive in the Southeast by collecting over $132,000.  Chief Jenkins said, “This makes the third year in a row that we have been awarded and we hope to do it again with the help from the citizens of the City of Columbia and Richland County.”

The Columbia Fire Department will begin the annual MDA Boot Drive tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19th – Friday, March 21st. 

The Boot Drive will be held at the following intersections from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.:

Assembly & Gervais

Huger & Blossom

Devine & Harden

Bull & Elmwood

Main & Sunset

Bush River & Broad River

South Beltline & Rosewood

Forest Drive & Beltline

Leesburg & Garners Ferry

Two Notch & Decker

Sparkleberry & Two Notch

Hwy 21 & Blythewood

Pineview & Garners Ferry

Kennerly & Broad River

Trenholm & Forest Drive

Rabon Rd & Farrow Rd

Rhame Rd & Clemson Rd

Chief Jenkins and Logan Moore, Midlands MDA Ambassador kicked off this year’s campaign by passing around the boot to City Council and Staff during the March 7th City Council meeting.  Chief Jenkins said, “This partnership has collected over $2.3 million in the past 14 years and we could not have accomplished that without the citizens of the City of Columbia and Richland County.”  Chief Jenkins continued to state “We hope to surpass last year’s donations of $132,000 and we will with everyone’s help, so when you see a Firefighter please make a donation.”

Tara Heil stated, “MDA is proud to partner again with these brave men and women of the Columbia Fire Department as we work together to impact the lives of the families living with neuromuscular disease in the Midlands.”

Though the Columbia Fire Department’s relationship with the Muscular Dystrophy Association goes back for more than 50 years, the Department’s dedication and commitment to the Boot Drive is inspired by Taylor Lever McEntire grandson of CFD Battalion Chief Tommy Taylor, who was stricken with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  Taylor’s spirit continues to be a driving force behind the boot drive that has helped families throughout the Midlands and has risen over $2.3 million in the past 14 years.

Taylor was an honorary member of the Columbia Fire Department, the South Carolina Fireman’s Association and the Professional Firefighters’ Local 793 of Columbia, S.C.  He also was the spokesperson for MDA and the Firefighters.  He was MDA’s South Carolina Goodwill Ambassador and spoke at many events to help raise monies for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  He was an Easter Seal’s State Representative and helped raise money for the Buck A Cup campaign. He was the recipient of the first annual Taylor McEntire Courage Award, which is awarded to a CFD recruit at graduation.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.  MDA is funded almost entirely by individual private contributions and cooperating organizations.  Only nine percent of every dollar collected is spent on administrative costs.

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