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Area firefighters raise $288.5K for Crusade

Area firefighters raise $288.5K for Crusade
Area firefighters raise $288.5K for Crusade
Jonathan Jordan, a member of Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept., collects money Friday evening for the WHAS Crusade for Children at the intersection of state roads 135 and 64 in New Salisbury. Photo by Ross Schulz

Fire departments in the area turned in $288,508.48 to the 62nd annual WHAS Crusade for Children on Sunday, with firefighters from the Milltown Volunteer Fire Dept. traveling to Louisville to submit their donation.
‘It’s the best we’ve ever had,’ firefighter Bill Booth said of the $16,020.59 collected by Milltown.
Other Harrison County fire departments that saw an increase over 2014 were Heth Township, which turned in $6,085.44, and Boone Township, which netted $4,429.89.
Members of the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept. emptied out $23,159.13 at the remote site at the Old Capitol Centre in Corydon. That was down some from 2015.
Also down slightly from the previous year were Ramsey VFD ($19,880.27), Harrison Township VFD ($15,574.83), Lanesville VFD ($15,295.98), Palmyra VFD ($9,872.16) and New Middletown VFD ($7,415.75).
Lafayette Township Fire Dept., in Floyd County, broke the $100,000 mark this year after falling shy of that goal last year. The total, which was the largest amount by a single department in Indiana, was $104,897.44. Stephen Becht assists that fire department in gathering donations.
Greenville Township VFD was up by more than $6,000 from 2014; firefighters with that department turned in $36,730.14.
Members of the Georgetown Township Fire Dept. collected $29,146.86.
The Iron Eagles/Harrison County Heroes on Wheels donated $910 to the Crusade.
When the Crusade went off the air Sunday at 7 p.m., the total for the 62nd telethon was $5,674,721, up just more than $37,000 over the 2014 total. Additional donations are still being collected.
Crusade officials said that about 60 percent of the funds raised are donated by about 200 fire departments.
The Crusade telethon started in 1951 as a cancer fundraiser. It was expanded in 1954 to raise money to improve the lives of children in Southern Indiana and Kentucky.
Grants are awarded annually to help improve the lives of children in 50 Southern Indiana counties and all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
To date, the Crusade has raised more than $165 million in its 62 years.