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Annual boot drive starts today

Firefighters and emergency medical personnel will be out all over Clayton County, starting today, in observance of a Boot Drive to benefit the Georgia Burn Foundation.

Clayton County is among the top seven, of more than 100 Georgia fire departments, to give to the foundation, whose two-pronged goal is to help Georgia burn survivors toward recovery, and prevent others from experiencing the trauma of a burn injury.

Battalion Chief Jacque Feilke said money raised today, Friday and Saturday will also be distributed to local organizations.

Clayton Fire Chief Jeff Hood said he is proud his department is able to support the community. "In addition to donating to national and state organizations,” he said, “we have also identified organizations in our own community, such as the Clayton County Department of Family and Children's Services and Clayton County Senior Services, that continually develop programs to benefit our citizens."

Clayton firefighters donated 75 fans in June to seniors in need, by partnering with Senior Services and its director, Mary Byrd, said Feilke. A boot drive held earlier in the year raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Rainbow House, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Explorers, and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

"We believe that in supporting local causes, we can continue to be a part in 'Making a Difference' here in Clayton County," said Hood.

Feilke said firefighters and emergency medical personnel will be posted at 14 intersections throughout Clayton County. Hood said he hopes the community will support the effort.

"We are always appreciative and grateful for the support the boot drive event receives," he said. "If you see a firefighter this weekend, please give generously and help us to make a difference."