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Firefighters soak band for ALS

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By Alyssa Choiniere
Former Staffer
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter The City of Washington Fire Department used one of their trucks to spray water down on more than 40 Wash High marching band members for the ALS ice bucket challenge.
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter Wash High marching band director David Dayton (center) leads the band in a chant after completing the ALS ice bucket challenge on Thursday, September 4.
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter The Wash High marching band raised $200 for ALS doing the ice bucket challenge on Thursday, September 4. The City of Washington Fire Department filled the buckets, and sprayed the students, until the students dumped their buckets filled with ice and water over their heads.
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter 9th grader Alivia Montgomery holds up her bucket filled with ice to top it off with water from the City of Washington Fire Department's hose to do the ALS ice bucket challenge. The Wash High marching band raised $200.
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Washington's fire department soaked Washington High School band students for a cause Thursday afternoon.


Band students participated in The ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge after they were challenged by the school's volleyball team, but with a twist – they got a double soaking.



The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds to end Lou Gehrig's disease has gone viral on social media. People take videos of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads and challenge others to participate and donate.


Firefighters soaked the students with hoses from the top of the department's tower truck before they dumped the buckets on their heads.


Band parent Michelle Sperl said the students raised $200. Band director David Dayton said he was excited about the group coming together for a cause, and the band students were excited about seeing their director soaked.


“I think they're probably more excited about seeing ice get dumped on me,” he said. “I don't think I was going to get out of it.”


The fire department became involved because two firefighters were former Washington High School Band members. One band member, Nick Dubina Jr., is son of firefighter Nick Dubina Sr.


Drum major Tyler Funk said he had fun participating. “It was really a cool, cool experience,” he said.


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