From left, Deputy Fire Marshal Don McGhee, Firefighter Doug Cassidy, Firefighter Jared Alskog, Firefighter Josh Sampson, Medical Services Administrator Dean Shelton with some of the coats the firefighters collected.


In a commitment to keep local children warm this winter, Marysville Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 3219, delivered over 600 coats this month to the Marysville Community Food Bank Toy Store.

Each year, firefighters partner with a local school to provide free coats to children, but the pandemic put that plan on hold. In the meantime, the food bank’s annual Toy Store was seeing unprecedented need for new coats among children in Marysville, Tulalip and Lakewood. Firefighters knew they needed to step in and help.

“Marysville Firefighters, like all of you, have had a tough year, but we have so much to be thankful for,” said Dean Shelton, Local 3219 President and Battalion Chief/MSA. “In a season of giving, it is our pleasure to give back to our community."

Firefighters will work to ensure coats remaining after the Toy Store are distributed to children in need. These coats are provided in partnership with Operation Warm and 99.9 KISW. Since partnering with Operation Warm in 2012, IAFF Firefighters across North America have provided new winter coats to more than 200,000 children in need.

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