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The annual "Fill the Boot" campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maryland kicks off this week, with support from County Executive Johnny Olszewski and the Baltimore County Fire Department.

The "Fill the Boot" campaign is sponsored by the Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1311. The firefighters' union has conducted this charitable fundraiser for more than 30 years.

Kickoff Event

This year's "Fill the Boot" campaign begins Thursday, August 29 and continues through Labor Day, September 2.

A kickoff event will be held Thursday, August 29, 11 a.m., at the Edgemere Fire Station #9, 6800 North Point Rd., 21219. 

County Executive Johnny Olszewski is scheduled to attend, along with Fire Chief Joanne Rund; John Sibiga Jr., president of Local 1311; and MDA's Stacy Alford.

Media are welcome.

Campaign Details

Over the years, Baltimore County firefighters have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help MDA fight neuromuscular disease.

Last year, "Fill the Boot" raised $68,000 in Baltimore County. The campaign hopes to exceed that amount this year.

Expect to see firefighters collecting money in their boots at intersections and along roads throughout the County during the fund drive period. Please help by donating, and drive safely as you approach and leave the "Fill the Boot" firefighters. 

Joanne R. Rund will be sworn in Monday, July 1 as Baltimore County Fire Chief. She becomes the first woman chief since the Department's founding in the late 1880s.

A formal appointment ceremony be held at 1 p.m. in Patriot Plaza in Towson. (Patriot Plaza is located between Bosley and Washington avenues and occupies the space between the Circuit Courthouse and the Historic Courthouse.)

Rund was a member of the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services from 1987 until her appointment by Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. as Fire Chief.

In Howard County, Rund held leadership positions in Operations, Administrative Service, Education and Training. Prior to joining HCDFRS, she served as a volunteer EMS provider in Carroll County.

Rund holds numerous certifications in the field of Health and Safety. She serves as Associate Faculty at the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and has served as Committee Chair for the Maryland Metro Chiefs Life Safety Committee. Rund also is active with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Revised June 27, 2017