- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Firefighters in Columbia are combining efforts again to try to give muscular dystrophy the boot.

Starting Wednesday, members of the Columbia Fire Department are going to be at more than a dozen intersections around town asking drivers to fill their boots with donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The fundraising drive runs through Friday. Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says the effort has collected more than $2.5 million in the past 15 years.

MDA’s relationship with the Columbia Fire Department goes back more than 50 years. The drive grew in the late 1990s, when firefighters were allowed to collect in the intersections and while on duty.

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