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Citrus Heights: firefighters to hit streets for ‘Boot for Burns’ annual fundraiser

Metro Fire ladder truck, Citrus Heights Sentinel
File photo, Metro Fire ladder truck. // CHSentinel

Firefighters plan to hit the streets and fill their boots with donations at Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane this President’s Day weekend, for the 22nd annual “Fill the Boot for Burns” fundraiser in Citrus Heights.

Reporting over $125,000 in donations during last year’s fundraiser, the local four-day “boot drive” is one of several-dozen similar events held across the state that together raised over $400,000 last year for the Firefighters Burn Institute — a Sacramento-based nonprofit which helps provide treatment and recovery programs for burn survivors, as well as burn-related training and kids camps.

The 2016 fundraiser will be held from Feb. 11-14, with a free safety fair on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the mall parking lot, according to a Sunrise Mall Facebook event page. The fair is scheduled to include giveaways, prizes, a “Jaws of Life” demo, and helicopter landing.

Last year, Tyler Craft, a firefighter-paramedic with Metro Fire Station 21 in Citrus Heights, was one of two firemen who helped “raise” attention to the fundraiser as “basket-sitters” atop an extended ladder truck at the intersection for three days.

Craft previously told The Sentinel that all “boot” funds collected during the fundraiser go directly to the burn institute, which was founded by firefighters in 1973 after a Sacramento plane crash killed 22 people and burned many others.

According to The Institute’s website, the nonprofit has continued in its mission to support research and benefit burn survivors through the years, notably giving $2 million toward the new UC Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center, which was named in recognition of the Institute’s contributions.

If you plan to participate:

“Fill the Boot for Burns” charity event
When: Thurs. – Sun., Feb. 11-14, 2016
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane, intersection

Safety Fair:
When: Saturday Feb. 13
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Sunrise Mall parking lot (Sunrise/Greenback)

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