Woodinville Fire and Life team included (left to right): back, Joel Kuhnhenn, Bill Callahan, Tad Wineman, Jim Rodgers, Paul Peterson; front, Peder Davis, Dan Quiggle, Larry Laurent, Ron Suggs; kneeling, Jeff Fuller.
Photo courtesy of the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District.
Again this year, firefighters from the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District not only took part in the 5th annual Columbia Tower Stair Climb to fight leukemia, but they bettered their past efforts.
In the competition, the participating firefighters climb the 69 floors of the building in full turnouts, weighing 65-80 pounds, including an air pack breathing device and face piece, increasing the heat stress on each of the contestants. The climb actually translates into 1311 steps and a 760-foot elevation gain.
Among the 333 participating firefighters in the competition, the Woodinville group won fourth place with a team time of 46 minutes and 54 seconds. Jeff Fuller was the top Woodinville finisher with a time of 14:24 earning him 4th place. Larry Laurent came in 20th and Bill Callahan finished in 44th place. To benefit the fight against leukemia, the event sponsors raised $10,000 with another $10,000 due.