Firefighters host race for local scholarships

Posted at 11:01 AM, Sep 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-12 11:01:30-04

WELLINGTON, Fla. - Firefighters across Palm Beach County are spending Saturday morning raising scholarship money for local high school students.

The annual Firefighters' Memorial Jeff Annas 5K has raised nearly $60,000 to go toward post-secondary education since 2008.

The run's namesake, Captain Jeff Annas was a 25-year veteran of the Palm Beach County Fire Department.

In the process of setting up a yearly firefighters' 5K, he died unexpectedly in 2008.

The race was then named in his memory and designed to help the community.

Every year, local teens who are active in the community are awarded scholarship money from funds raised at the 5K.

In 2014 alone, $20,000 was raised for the scholarships. The Palm Beach County Firefighter and Paramedics Union hopes it can surpass $20,000 in this year's race.

The race is scheduled for the weekend that follows September 11th every year.

To honor fallen firefighters, Palm Beach County Firefighters run in their bunker gear and teach those who come to the race about fire safety.

1,200 runners join the firefighters in the 5K every year.

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