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Local fire departments raise more than $50,000 for children

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By Emily LaForme

Marion County’s annual support of the WHAS Crusade for Children was another success for local fire departments.

The Lebanon Fire Department raised a total of $35, 903. The Raywick Fire Department brought in $4,204.89, Loretto brought in $8,806 and Bradfordsville raised $4,606.75, bringing Marion County to a grand total of $53,620.18.

Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly was incredibly proud of the work his department did during the month of collecting.

“We start at the first of May, we go house to house,” said Mattingly. “My wife and I go around to all the businesses and collect from them. It takes the whole month of collecting to get it done.”

Mattingly said the large collection amount is always due to the generous support of the community and local businesses that donate to the cause. 

“I thank everybody for what they gave,” said Mattingly. “If it wasn’t for all the people and the businesses, we couldn’t do this. A lot of people don’t know this, but with all the money we take in each year for Crusade for Children, we give even more back, way more.” 

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the WHAS Crusade for Children telethon raised a record $5.6 million this year for special needs children.