not an unfamiliar sight fire fighters at intersections asking you to
"fill-the-boot" in order to raise money for the Muscular
Dystrophy Association, but this event almost didn't happen.
The firefighters had to fight to be out there, after a citizen complained citing an Arkansas state law against panhandling.
In years past a city ordinance pushed the fundraiser to parking lots which decreased the money raised by thousands of dollars.
The city passed an ordinance in order for them to move it back to the streets, before facing this State law obstacle.
However the firefighters told us the city supported them in order to make Friday's fundraiser happen.
"It wouldn't be possible if not for the city council and the mayor. We wouldn't be able to stand out here and raise the kind of money we do. Last year we raised a little more than $16,000," said Battalion Chief John Sawyer. "The most Sherwood fire department ever raised and we were only able to do that because of the city council and mayor working with us."
The money raised from Friday's fundraiser will be donated on behalf of Captain Kyle Harris a retired Sherwood Firefighter who is suffering from ALS.