VENICE - Firefighters save lives on a daily basis. Tuesday they took a different tack on that effort.
A local firefighters union handed out more than $85,000 to Suncoast charities. It's a part of the Firefighters Community Grant Program.
Charitable organizations like the Red Cross, Tidewell Hospice, and local branches of the Boys and Girls Club were some of the 16 organizations selected. The largest recipient was the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Most of the money was raised through boot drives. The rest through the sale of firefighter licence plates.