El Paso firefighters honored for community service

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 11:38am

El Paso firefighters will be honored Tuesday at City Hall for community service in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot” campaign last year, the El Paso Association of Fire Fighters said today.

The El Paso office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters (TSAFF) recently presented local firefighters with the Jack Bostick Award for the largest year-to-year increase in fundraising by Texas firefighters.

Local firefighters’ volunteer efforts at El Paso intersections raised $117,975 in 2013, a year-to-year increase of $53,472. Fundraising by TSAFF members surpassed $3.8 million last year, leading all states in collections.

Joe Tellez, president of the El Paso Association of Fire Fighters, said, “This honor for our firefighters reflects the generosity of El Paso citizens who continue to help us ensure vital support of MDA services and research programs. We and the people helped by the MDA appreciate the citizens’ support very much.”

James Younger, trustee of the El Paso Association of Fire Fighters, said, “Like Texans everywhere, El Pasoans generously support important causes like this one. We are honored by this award, especially this year, which is the 60th anniversary of the IAFF’s long partnership with and support of the MDA.”

Tellez added, “El Paso firefighters are committed to delivering excellent service, being good stewards of city resources, and giving back to the community. The ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign is one way we’re striving to honor our promises to the citizens we serve.”

The award is named for Jack Bostick, a 46-year veteran of the Fort Worth Fire Department and longtime TSAFF and IAFF leader. He was the first national coordinator of the Fill the Boot drives.

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