Local firefighters to climb Seattle’s Columbia Tower for good cause

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Thirty-three firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 plan to make the 69-story climb to the top of the Columbia Tower in Seattle on March 7 in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The event attracts hundreds of firefighters from throughout the Northwest and as far away as New Zealand. Climbing 1,311 steps to top of the Columbia Tower is challenge enough, but these firefighters will be wearing full bunker gear weighing 25 pounds and using breathing apparatus weighing another 25 pounds.

Raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in this event has taken on special meaning at Fire District 1 as two firefighters within its ranks have been diagnosed with forms of the disease in recent years. Donations can be made online at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website: www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events.

District 1 firefighters collecting pledges and training for the Firefighter Stair Climb are Keith Bien, George Boling, Matt Bowden, Deanna Carter, Brent Chomos, Bryan Collins, Shane Cooper, Nate Crawford, Paul Cretella, Bryan Eusterbrock, Kevin Fetter, Scott Fitzpatrick, Steve Francis, Micah Gaston, Kevin Gustafson, Kurt Hilt, Andy Irish, Tom Keene, Neil Kelly, Dennis Lunny, Jesse McCormick, Bryce NcCorchuk, Nicole Picknell, Mike Read, Melissa Reimer, Gene Smith, Josh Stadler, Jim Starck, Matt Stiefel, Dan Tobin, Chris Tompkins, Jaret Vosburgh and Todd Wigal.

Fire District 1 is largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 11 fire stations. The department serves more than 225,000 residents in the unincorporated communities of Silver Firs, Eastmont, Mariner, Lake Serene, Picnic Point, Martha Lake, Mariner, Lake Stickney, Norma Beach, Hilltop, Hilton Lake, Pioneer Trails and the cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace and the town of Woodway.

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