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Local 27 Summer's Top
Seattle firefighters did an outstanding job last year!
Setting many records. According to www.iaff27.org,
"We raised more money for MDA than any other
Washington State Fire Department ... ever."

This summer, we aim to reach $100,000 with
8 stations filling the boot in your neighborhood to wisk
Anchorage out of the number one position in the Northwest
ranking.

Let's make it the biggest year in 2008!
Thank you for making a difference.

How it All Began 54 years ago
Across the IAFF (The International Association of Fire Fighters)
poignantly describes:

"A father in desperate need ran to IAFF member George
Graney's Fire Engine Company 1 in South Boston. The
man's name was Charlie Crowley, father of two crippled
sons and a high school friend of George Graney. 'They
will not live to be 21 years old,' said a somber Crowley.
Crowley's sons couldn't walk, attend school, run around,
or play games with their friends. The doctors had
diagnosed both the children with muscular dystrophy, an
incurable and dreadful disease.

Charlie Crowley needed money to take care of his sons.
IAFF Local 718 member Graney immediately rounded up
20 fire fighters and set in motion a door-to-door canister
drive that raised $5,000. Graney soon learned that there
were many families and suffering children like those of
Crowley, and Graney made it his lifetime mission to help
such families and children.

Finally, between August 9-14 1954, Graney raised his voice
at the IAFF's 22nd convention in Miami and proposed
to make MDA the International's "charity of choice. This
marked the beginning of a formal bond between the IAFF
and MDA. The IAFF has emerged as the single largest
sponsor of the MDA under the leadership of General
President Schaitberger, who is also a Vice President of
MDA." Read more on historic partnership

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