Firefighter/paramedics at the Metro West Fire Protection District have won the St. Louis Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Golden Boot Award” for their fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization.
The award is given annually to the St. Louis area fire department that raises the most money per member for MDA. Metro West has supported the organization for some 45 years but the recent award was the first Golden Boot recognition it has won.
According to Lt. Matt Coppin, the district’s efforts included a trivia night last fall and an earlier manning of fundraising stations at a number of grocery stores in its service area. Coppin is a Metro West paramedic.
Active in MDA since his college days, Coppin also has volunteered at the MDA summer camp for the past 18 years and describes that work as “a life-changing experience.” He was recognized for his volunteer efforts during MDA’s Muscle Team Bash Gala earlier this month.