Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Safety first? August 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 12:58 PM
A Faribault firefighter seeks donations while standing in the traffic lane of busy N.W. Fourth Street.

A Faribault firefighter seeks donations while standing in the turning lane of N.W. Fourth Street. This photo was taken from the passenger side front window of our car as we neared the intersection with Second Ave N.W.

I don’t mean to be disrespectful to our local firefighters, but I saw something this morning that truly astounded me.

There, standing in the turning lanes at one of Faribault’s busiest intersections, were several firefighters seeking donations for The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s national “Fill the Boot” campaign. The drive benefits research and local services for the Twin Cities chapter of the MDA.

It’s a worthy cause and I applaud the charitable efforts.

But walking where they were, putting themselves in danger and creating a distraction for motorists seemed more than a bit unwise on the part of the firemen extending their boots for a donation.

What about safety first?

My husband rolled down the driver's side window as we passed this car and firefighter in the turning lane of N.W. Fourth Street.

My husband rolled down the driver's side window as we passed this vehicle and firefighter, who was seeking donations in the turning lane of N.W. Fourth Street.

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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