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Home  |  News  |  2013 FIREFIGHTER’S BOOT DRIVE

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - On Thursday, May 16th, Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th, 2013, Firefighters from Lexington County Fire Service, Columbia-Richland County Fire Department, Irmo Fire District, West Columbia Fire Department, Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department and members of Lexington County EMS will participate in the 12th Annual Jeff Chavis Boot Drive to collect funds to support the operations of the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House at the Joseph M. Still Burn Unit in Augusta, Georgia.

Emergency Services personnel will collect funds in Firefighters boots at Lexington County intersections between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on May 16th and May 17th and between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on May 18th. On May 17th between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm and May 18th between 08:00 am and 5:00 pm, Firefighters will be at Lexington and Richland County Walmart Store locations.

This is a very important fund-raiser supporting the memory of a fallen firefighter. Jeff Chavis was a Lexington County Firefighter who died in 2001 while battling a structure fire in Lexington County. In his honor we have worked to establish and support the Jeff Chavis House at the Joseph M. Still Burn Unit in Augusta, Georgia. This burn unit, the largest in the United States, treats the critically injured burn patients from throughout the Southeast. Our continued support provides the families of burn victims with a place to stay while they support their critically injured family members. In addition, the funds assist the burn patients with burn garments and other care associated with the treatment of burns.

In 2012, there were over 2,100 admissions to the Burn Center with 40% of the patients from South Carolina. There were over 4,549 guest stays at the Jeff Chavis House and over 950 patients received free lodging at the Jeff Chavis House. To put a local perspective on the numbers, in 2012 there were 881 burn patients treated from South Carolina, an increase of approximately 6.5% from 2011.

In the past eleven years, through the efforts of Firefighters, citizens and community support, more than one million dollars has been raised in the midlands during these Boot Drives and other community events. With your continued support we can continue to support the burn victims and their families at the Jeff Chavis House.

Citizens who want more information about this Boot Drive, future fund-raisers and the how they can assist in this effort can call Lexington County Boot Drive Coordinators Tony Signorino at 803.785.8331 or Eddie Turner at 803.785.8632.

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