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MURRAY — Paramedic Jeff Griffith not only does what he is asked but uses his vacation time to serve others.

Griffith, a member of Murray Fire Department's Station 83, wins this week's High 5. Every year for nine years, he has used a week of his vacation time to help children with muscular dystrophy at a camp.

"It's the greatest place in the world," he said of the camp for kids ages 6 - 17. "The kid normally in the back, now they're the kid in the front," Griffith said.

"We take them swimming, we ride horses, they got to be with all their friends in the cabins. They make a lot of new friends," he said. Between 90 - 100 children participate, along with at least that many volunteers.

When you talk about charity, when you talk about doing for others, Jeff gets it.

–Chief Gil Rodriguez

"He does this from the heart," said Chief Gil Rodriguez. "He gets it, as far as volunteering his time. It's all about the kids."

"I've watched him for years," the chief continued. "I'd love to be able to say, ‘Here's some free time from the city,' but obviously we can't do that. He's never hesitated to donate his own time, and really that's what it's all about."

Our High 5 partner, Les Scwab, gave Griffith a gift basket as part of the honor. If you'd like to nominate someone for a High 5, do so here.

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