timberland earth keeper Firefighters raise the roof for muscular dystrophy
If you taken a drive down King Street over the last few days, you may have noticed an oddly placed tent on the roof of the local fire department. No, the building hasn been taken over by squatters, but it has been home to a handful of Spruce Grove Firefighters.
Now in its eighth year, firefighters with the Spruce Grove Fire Department are once again raising money and awareness for muscular dystrophy with their annual Muscular Dystrophy Rooftop Campout.
Running from Feb. 19 22, the fundraising event has a final goal of raising $25,000, which will be used to help those suffering from neuromuscular disorders. Funding raised through the campaign will help pay for support services, muscular dystrophy research and mobility equipment.
This year three firefighters have taken it upon themselves to brave the weather in support of a good cause. Jordan Hoffman is in his second year taking part in the campout and is joined by two new recruits, Jordan Hanratty and Travis Poseluzny. on Feb. 19 and on Feb. 20, they said they had no complaints about the cold weather.
far it been really good. We were fortunate enough to have a heater so that we didn have to completely freeze overnight. We got a great tent and its been really good so far, so no complaints, Hoffman said.
got our cots, a crib board and some cards, Hoffman added. also got our cell phones to stay up to date with our social media posts. hasn been all cots and cribbage, though, as Hoffman said that local businesses and restaurants have been keeping them warm and well fed.
been really fortunate, we had a lot of restaurants and businesses dropping by and dropping off food for us. If anyone wants to come visit us, we got our boot on the side of the building and they can ring the bell or they can follow us on Twitter or Facebook through our Spruce Grove Firefighters Local 3021 page, Hoffman said.
With a $25,000 goal, the Spruce Grove Fire Department has already raised more than $200,000 for muscular dystrophy research over the last eight years and Hoffman said its become the organizations campaign of choice.
have been involved with muscular dystrophy awareness for quite awhile. It kind of our campaign of choice as firefighters and our hope is to find a cure, he said.