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Fairfax firefighter, wife to be recognized at inaugural ball

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Local,Crime,Naomi Jagoda,Inauguration,Fairfax County

Joel and Jenny Kobersteen aren't just partners in life. The husband and wife are also both passionate about helping people with muscular dystrophy.

Joel, who drives a fire engine for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, is the coordinator for the county's "Fill the Boot" campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, or MDA. Jenny, a nurse, is the leader of a medical team at a summer camp for children with the disorder.

On Sunday, the Kobersteens will be presented with an award at the All American Inaugural Ball, held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The event will pay tribute to people who have done outstanding work in their fields of civic service.

"It is very special to be winning this along with my wife because we're really dedicated to the cause," Joel Kobersteen said. "It's really a thrill."

Fire departments across the country raise money for the MDA. In 2012, Fairfax County's firefighters and dispatchers raised more money for the association than any other municipality's public safety organizations did nationwide, Joel Kobersteen said.

Fairfax City Fire Chief Dave Rohr and Alexandria Fire Department EMS Supervisor Michael Cahill also are going to receive awards at the ball.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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