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Whitfield Co. firefighters raise more than $16,000 for burn victim foundation

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Whitfield County firefighter David Butts holds his fund-raising boot at Cleveland Highway and Ga. Highway 2 during the annual Give Burns the Boot drive. Whitfield County firefighter David Butts holds his fund-raising boot at Cleveland Highway and Ga. Highway 2 during the annual Give Burns the Boot drive.
WHITEFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

Whitfield County firefighters collected more than $16,000 during the 24th annual Give Burns the Boot Drive.

The Whitfield County fire department collected $16,368, $1,300 more than last year. They collected money from motorists at five locations Saturday.

"We collected even more than we usually do," said Lt. Chris West, who coordinated the drive, "and we want to express how grateful we are to the citizens for their generosity. We are so humbled by all their support."

The funds will be used by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation to operate Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia's only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children between the ages of 7 and 17.
Over the past four years, the department has collected more than $62,000 for the foundation. Last year, the funds collected were able to send 100 kids to camp.

Ten percent of each department's funds are returned to the department for fire safety and burn education.

"By supporting the Boot Drive, the public is also supporting their local fire department and their own community," Burn Foundation Executive Director Dennis Gardin said.

"Fire and burn injuries can strike anyone at anytime," West said. "The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation is working to help prevent fire-related injuries and deaths through education. In addition, the Foundation supports the burn centers in Georgia to allow them to offer the best possible treatment for the patients."

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