This year The National Fire Service and The Muscular Dystrophy Association are celebrating 60 years of being jointly dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy. Oxford Fire Department has already raised more than $35,000 in the past several years for MDA, and today, the department decided to raise the stakes even higher to help collect money.
Captain Donnie Adams came up with the idea to recognize their 60 year association with MDA with an event called“60 Hours for 60 Years”. This morning at 7:00, Captain Adams was lifted up eighty-five feet in the bucket of the Oxford Fire Department Ladder Truck. And, he plans to remain until Sunday evening at 7:00. That’s 60 hours later. Captain Adams says he’s been up in the ladder several times, but never more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time. The event is taking place in the parking lot of Martin’s Clothing at the intersection of Highway 78 and Highway 21 in Oxford. Oxford Fire Department Chief Gary Sparks says they will also be doing “Bootdrives.” That’s where firemen volunteer their time to help collect money by accepting donations in their firefighting boots. He says they initially set a fundraising goal of $10,000 but all the support has caused them to re-think that amount. Look for more details on today’s fundraising event tonight on TV24s Pigskin Roundup.