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Friday, May 02 2014 11:58 AM

PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters fight different battle -- muscular dystrophy

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Bakersfield firefighters Rryan Kingsbury, left, and Kris Reynolds from station #2 collect money from motorists during Friday's annual Fill-The-Boot drive to raise funds for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Gosford Road and Stockdale Highway along with dozens of other firefighters.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Rryan Kingsbury stands on the corner of Gosford Road and Stockdale Highway, Friday, collecting funds during the annual Bakersfield Firefighters Fill-The-Boot drive for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Rylie Erbacher, the goodwill ambassador for the local Muscular Dystrophy Association, wears a firefighter's helmet during Friday's fundraiser.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Bakersfield firefighters get the attention of motorists with boots in hand on Gosford Road during Friday's annual Fill-The-Boot drive to raise funds for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    A motorcyclist helps Fill-The-Boot Friday while riding by on her motorcycle down Stockdale Highway as a Bakersfield firefighter gladly accepts her donation for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Bakersfield firefighters hold boots Friday to help raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the Central Valley.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Rylie Erbacher, the MDA goodwill ambassador, gets a push from Geroge Mavrikis, Deputy State Fire Marshal with Cal Fire from Fresno, during the annual Fill-The-Boot fundraiser for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    A Bakersfield firefighter crosses Gosford Road to collect funds for the Fill-The-Boot annual drive for the MDA.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

If you drove, cycled or walked through the intersection of Stockdale Highway and Gosford Road Friday morning, you couldn't miss all the firefighters not just wearing boots, but holding them, too.

But they weren't there to put out a fire or perform a daring rescue -- they swarmed the streets to hold out their boots to collect donations for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Passersby could "Fill the Boot" as the off-duty firefighters helped raise money in the annual fundraiser for the MDA.

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