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August 25, 2005

Thomasville-- The Thomasville Fire Department is using its worst enemy to fuel a good cause. Captain Tim Connell is leading the operation. "This is an art. You have to get the grill to the right temperature, the smoke density has to be just right," he says.

For once, flames and smoke are firefighters' best friends. They're barbecuing Boston Butts to raise money to fight muscular dystrophy. "It's all about the children and getting money for research for their needs," says Connell.

With the effort the firefighters are putting into cooking these Boston Butts, and the money that's being raised, it's a win-win situation for everyone. "It's for a good cause, plus, we're getting something for it too," says donor, Toni Vaughn. "It's such a small difference, but anything I can do makes me feel really good," adds fellow donor, Penny Richards.

And you can guarantee, each Boston butt will taste good, all 10 pounds of it. "We will cook all day, all night into Friday. About 3:30, people can start picking up," says Connell.

If you haven't already reserved your butt, no worries, the fire department has 500 on standby. "If you do not have a ticket, it will be on a first come first served basis," says Connell. Just go to Fire Station One with $20 and an empty stomach.

Everything the firefighters are cooking with was discounted or donated, even the wood. It came from trees that fell during storms over the past year.

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