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Fire Chief Rohr to be Honored at Inaugural Ball

MDA nominated Rohr for the honor based on his Fill the Boot efforts in Fairfax City.

Fairfax City Fire Chief Dave Rohr will be honored at an annual inaugural ball dedicated to making note of citizens who work to improve the lives of others on a daily basis.

The fifth annual All American Inaugural Ball will honor about a dozen "selfless citizens" at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill after the inauguration on Jan. 20.

Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Greater Washington MDA office nominated Rohr for his help in implementing Fairfax City's Fill the Boot program and for keeping it strong during his near two years at the city fire department.

“Chief Rohr was instrumental in implementing the City of Fairfax’s Fill the Boot program and has worked hard with the city council to keep it safe for his firefighters and citizens during collection hours,” said Stephanie Hall, fundraising coordinator for Greater Washington MDA. “His department proves the small are mighty during their Fill the Boot campaign. They have one of the highest per capita collections of any in the country.”

Fairfax City's firefighters and paramedics collected $56,500.75, more than any one county fire station, during the Labor Day collection in 2012.

"That's $941.85 per member collecting," said Lt. Craig Evans, president of Fairfax Local 2702. "That's likely the highest in the NOVA area."

Rohr is also honored for his 35 years in firefighting and for his involvement in the National Institute of Standards and Technology as well as EMS staffing tests.

“I have always felt that one of my jobs as a leader in the fire and rescue service is reaching out and partnering with our communities,” Rohr said. “MDA has been a huge part of that. It is one example that I know of where the firefighters can participate and see firsthand how their work in the form of fundraising and attending summer camp really has an impact on the children in our area.”

Want to go? Tickets cost $225 here. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

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