Mid-Columbia firefighters climb Seattle skyscraper to raise money

By the Tri-City HeraldMarch 11, 2013 

SEATTLE -- Firefighters from across the Mid-Columbia raced to the top of Seattle's tallest skyscraper Sunday in an annual event to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

A total of 170 teams from multiple states and countries participated in the 22nd Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, with 1,473 people finishing, according to the event's website.

The winner was a Missoula city male firefighter who clocked in at 10:48 to do 1,311 steps up 69 flights of stairs at the Columbia Center. The top female firefighter was from Graham and came in at 14:22.

Firefighters wore full gear and breathing apparatus as they climbed to the observation deck of the former Bank of America Tower, at 788 feet of vertical elevation.

In the top 10 teams for fundraising, Hanford Fire took seventh place with $21,699.86 and the Richland Fire Department got ninth with $19,497.40.

By total time, Mid-Columbia teams placed: 19th -- Kennewick Fire, 46:14; 24th -- Richland Fire, 46:58; 42nd -- Hanford Fire, 49:56; 104th -- Benton Fire District 1, 1:00:40; 112th -- Walla Walla Fire District 5, 1:02:03; 125th -- Grandview Fire, 1:05:49; 130th -- Hermiston Fire, 1:07:16; 147th -- Prosser Fire, 1:14:22; 159th -- Yakima Fire District 5, 1:19:52; 170th -- Franklin Fire District 3, 2:18:25.

For full race results, go to http://bit.ly/13OrgF0.

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