Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

August 30, 2012

Holiday prowl for good cause

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Daily Democrat

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — From filling firefighters’ boots with cash for a good cause to local police on the prowl, the Labor Day weekend could be a busy one on the streets of Pauls Valley.

PV firefighters will again be out and about looking to collect for the national Fill the Boot campaign.

“Every year we do the Fill the Boot campaign for Muscular Dystrophy and Jerry’s Kids during the Labor Day weekend,” said Pauls Valley’s interim fire chief, Mark Norman, referring to a holiday telethon led by Jerry Lewis.

“Firefighters from all over do this to help the MDA,” he said.

“We’ve been doing this here in Pauls Valley for a long time.”

The firefighters will be at two or three downtown intersections during the mornings of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-3.

Established in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a non-profit, voluntary health agency dedicated to providing comprehensive medical services to individuals affected by over 40 neuromuscular diseases.

Another Labor Day campaign involves PV police officers placing an extra focus on finding and arresting drunk drivers.

“We enforce drunk driving all year around, but with this we put just more of an emphasis on looking out for it,” said PV Police Chief Mitch McGill.

“We usually get a few more arrests during one of these campaigns.”

The department’s assistant police chief, Derrick Jolley, agrees a campaign like this one only adds to the enforcement already done to catch motorists who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol.

“This is more of a concentrated effort on our part,” Jolley said.

“It’s like the Click It or Ticket campaign except with this one we put more of an emphasis on drunk driving,” he said.

This campaign is called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The nationwide crackdown against drunk drivers is set go through the Labor Day weekend.

“We participate in these campaigns and then report the data back to the Oklahoma highway safety office,” McGill said.