Firefighters Raise Money For Muscular Dystrophy Association


Rim Country area Fire fighters of the International Fire Fighters Association (IAFF) Local 4135 were at supermarkets recently collecting donations for MDA.

Members of the Northern Gila County Fire Fighters Association, Local 4135 members are comprised currently of firefighters from the Payson, Hellsgate and Pine Strawberry fire departments.

As the greatest contributor to MDA, fire fighters were out helping in the efforts of MDA to raise money. The IAFF is the biggest sponsor of MDA’s Labor Day Telethon and it contributed a record breaking $23.5 million in year 2006 as a consequence of the overwhelming enthusiasm and contribution of tens and thousands of fire fighters and paramedics across the US and Canada. IAFF members have donated nearly $275 million to MDA since 1954.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). More than 280,000 members of the IAFF in the United States and Canada are pledged to saving lives, both as fire fighters and paramedics and as the strongest campaigners for the worldwide research efforts of MDA to eradicate 40 neuromuscular diseases. The contributions of the fire fighters also go towards MDA’s summer camps for children, professional and public health education, and other programs.

The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon hosted by actor and comedian, Jerry Lewis raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). It has been held annually since 1966. As of 2009, the telethon had raised $2.45 billion since its inception.The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon is held on Labor Day weekend, starting on the Sunday evening preceding Labor Day and continuing until late Monday afternoon, syndicated to approximately 190 television stations throughout the United States.

Firefighters from LOcal 4135, said the wanted to extend a special thanks to all who donated, and to the firefighters, auxillaries, and department families who gave of their time for this worthy cause. For further information on MDA go to


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