Community members help “fill the boot” for Camp Fire victims

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Community members help “fill the boot” for Camp Fire victims

Gabe Porras

Gabe Porras

Gabe Porras


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Fire fighters from Local 456 collected money for camp fire victims on Saturday and Sunday. The fire fighters set up on a few roadsides and gathered money from drivers.

Fire fighters set up on March Lane, Quail Lakes Drive, Benjamin Holt Drive, and Pacific Avenue. They held out a fire fighter boots to gather the donations, hence the name “Fill the Boot”. On these roads, fire fighters collected for a total of six hours. They started collecting at 8 in the morning until 1 in afternoon.

Captain Erik Patten had spent 16 long, hot days fighting fires and searching for survivors in the fire of Paradise. So along with the rest of the crew, Erik along with his son, Jackson Patten, collected donations by standing on roadsides and selling wreaths.

“The final total was close to $30,000. 100 percent of the profits will go to the survivors,” Patten said. Jackson Patten raised $800 by selling wreaths.

This money was able to send a child to a burn camp, with the leftover money, he was able to donate $200 to campfire victims. Jackson, along with the Explorers Program, helped collect donations with the SFD.

The Stockton Fire Department usually collects for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the spring. Though with the fire in Paradise, the fire fighters saw “immense need in Paradise and the surrounding communities.”