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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Firefighter Stair-Climb

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Firefighter Stair-Climb

On March 9th, the Templeton Community Service District Fire Department participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Firefighter Stair-Climb in Seattle Washington at the Columbia Center. Since 1949, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.   LLS is the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

The Templeton Community Service District Fire Department Stair-Climb Team has raised $9,365 & counting. Donations are accepted until April 15th, 2015. ALL seven firefighters participated entirely out of pocket covering their flights, hotel and registration fees. Firefighters climbing 69 flights to the top floor in honor or in memory of someone, carried pictures on their helmets and a poster were placed in the stairwell of the person they were honoring or remembering affected by leukemia & lymphoma.

The climb was done in FULL structural firefighting gear: boots, pants, coat, helmet and gloves while wearing and using self-contained breathing apparatus every step of the course weighing nearly 60 pounds. The first firefighter of 2,000 entered the stairwell at 8:00am, the rest followed at 12-second intervals. Average TEM Firefighter participant took 25 minutes to finish the 69 floor (1,300 steps) climb.

Team Captain Brandon Wall, a second year participant, stated “the Stair-Climb has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The opportunity this year to attend alongside my fellow fire crew has been amazing… I climb for those who can’t. I climb in memory of my Uncle who passed away in January from cancer. I climb in honor of those who continue to fight like our brave tribute, 7 year old Maddy Gonzalez. I look forward to climbing again next year.”

“I cannot express the pride and admiration I have for our staff and all of the firefighter participants; giving back for a great cause. Templeton is extremely lucky to have the firefighters of this quality and integrity.” Interim Fire Chief Keith Aggson.

Team Templeton

Pictured L to R: Captain Kurt Pennington, Firefighter Haustin Morrison, Engineer Jeff Tomlinson, Engineer Phillip Goldbloom, Firefighter Jeff Cannon, Captain Brandon Wall and Firefighter Craig Pennington

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