04/27/08 — Fill the Boot campaign to help fallen firefighter's son

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Fill the Boot campaign to help fallen firefighter's son

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 27, 2008 2:00 AM

Hoping to help pay the medical bills and other costs -- not covered by their insurance policy -- incurred by the family of Paxten Mitchell, the 3-year-old son of an Asheville firefighter who died of a rare form leukemia earlier this month, fire departments across Wayne County will be filling their boots from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters will be stationed at all three Wal-Marts in Goldsboro, Mount Olive and Rosewood, at Lowe's in Goldsboro, at the Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro, in the parking lot of the Sears auto center in Goldsboro, at Busco Beach and at the Food Lion in Pikeville.

Until then, boots also will be available at White's Tire Service, Jersey Mike's, Barnes Jewelers, Cameron's Clubhouse and Chevrolet Cadillac of Goldsboro, all in Goldsboro.

Donations also can be brought directly to Thoroughfare Fire Department Assistant Chief Brandon Jones.

Checks should be made out to the Paxten Mitchell Fund.

"There's a strong bond between firefighters no matter what city or state," Jones has said. "This is just for the family, and a little bit is more than nothing, so we're just trying to raise as much as we can."

So far, they've raised approximately $500.