Council to consider amending law sidelining ‘boot drive’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – The City Council will consider a measure that would allow firefighters to once again patrol streets and medians as part of their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

An item on Tuesday’s agenda would amend the current statute that kept those firefighters and their boots on the sidelines, resulting in a drastic downturn in funds collected for MDA.

The change carves out exemptions from the restriction that would allow city employees to solicit from the roadway if they meet certain conditions, including a minimum age (18), advance paperwork and demonstration of insurance.

Fort Wayne firefighters have traditionally hand-collected donations from drivers and passengers in an annual campaign taking place just before Labor Day. In 2018, city officials said that the firefighters couldn’t set up in the right of way, that they had to do collections outside store fronts and other locations instead.

They cited the existing statute as the reason.


Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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