By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4101 — with a little help from some familiar friends — ignored the ominous, black and gray clouds that filled the sky over Atmore’s Walmart on Saturday (July 20) and helped generate funds for a worthy cause.
The local firemen, along with a quintet of costumed characters, posed for pictures with youngsters (and some not-so-young individuals) for several hours before the rain that fell in buckets Friday night returned to the area. They also encouraged shoppers to “fill the boot” with donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
While the weather kept many folks inside, there were plenty who took the time to drop cash into the fireman’s footwear as they scurried for their vehicles.
“We don’t have a solid number yet, as we still have some donations coming in, but due to the rain cutting us short, we have close to $500 at the moment,” Atmore Fire Department Lt. Daniel White said Monday.
Along with White, participating IAFF members were captains Daniel “Buddy” Love, Zack Stewart and Jeremy Blackmon, along with Firefighters Dee Guy, Brandon Barber and Shane Rolin.
But it was the five visitors who drew the most attention. Members of Mobile-based Causeplay Gulf Coast, a group that has helped local firefighters raise money and Christmas toys for the past several years, again donated their time and talent to a local cause.
Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Thor and Loki made the trip to Atmore this time.
“This is our fourth time working with Causeplay Gulf Coast, and they are the greatest,” said White, who has arranged each visit of the comic book and movie characters. “They never fail to show up with the best attitudes and willingness to help. I can’t praise them enough.”
Capt. Love was one of the few who didn’t let the rain worry him. He manned the “wet seat” of a dunking booth and was constantly being knocked into the water.
White said the rain didn’t dampen the fundraiser. He thanked everyone involved for making it a success.