New City Ordinance Makes OKC Firefighters Work Extra Hard For 'Fill The Boot' Campaign

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 2:13 pm
By: News 9

Firefighters across the city are asking for your donations this week. It’s part of a longstanding partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. But this year, they won’t be as easy to fill the boot

“They may be a little less apt to give because it’s more difficult to get over to them to collect the money,” said Maj. David Shearer.

They tie the fundraising obstacle to a recent City Ordinance banning panhandling in medians. With more than $300,000 raised last year, OKC Fire Department Chief Keith Bryant says they plan on setting the bar high again.

“We may have to change our approach so we’re compliant with the ordinance. That doesn’t mean we can’t stay out any longer. That doesn’t mean we have to stay out a little longer, work a little harder and be more enthusiastic about it,” said Bryant.

Firefighters will be collecting donations through Saturday at intersections throughout the city.