Fort Wayne Firefighters won't "Fill the Boot" on street corners this year

The announcement was made after city council preliminarily approved an ordinance that would allow the collection for the fundraiser in the public right-of-way.

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 1:56 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 2:27 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne firefighters won't be collecting from street corners again this year for the MDA "Fill the Boot" campaign.

The announcement was made after city council preliminarily approved an ordinance that would allow the collection for the fundraiser in the public right-of-way.

However, the ordinance leaves final decision with the fire chief.

The firefighters union said Chief Eric Lahey won't allow it because of safety concerns.

So instead, firefighters will be at various businesses around town Thursday through Tuesday.

Last year, donations were down significantly because of the change.

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