In just three hours, Anchorage firefighters raised more than $115,000 to help fight muscular dystrophy.

That’s the preliminary cash total from the Anchorage Fire Department’s Fill the Boot campaign on Friday afternoon.

Dozens of firefighters stood on street corners at major intersections as drivers handed cash and change out their windows.

Fill the Boot is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s largest fundraiser.

All of the money stays in Alaska and goes to send kids to camp and find treatments for diseases that impact a person’s ability to walk, move or talk.

“As firefighters, we really depend on our mobility and our independence to do our job and so we know how valuable that is,” said Dein Bruce, a firefighter at Station 12.

“Muscular dystrophy takes people's mobility and their independence. Things like that people take for granted on a daily basis, a lot of people don’t have and we’re committed to helping every year until there’s a cure.”

MDA staff said they believe the fire department will reach its $120,000 goal once all of the change is counted.

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