2018-02-09 / Community News

Firefighters Fight for Air, raise funds

By Mike Stephenson Special to the Leader

Saturday, Feb. 3 was a great day for the 11 firefighters representing Scarborough Fire Department at the 13th annual Fight for Air Stair Climb on behalf of the American Lung Association. The target climb was the 41 floors of One Boston Place.

The Scarborough Fire Department team consisted of two captains, one lieutenant, seven firefighters and one explorer, their ages ranging from 17 to 61.

Three of the members were climbing for the first time, Capt. Mike Gallant, firefighter Deane Gower and 17-year-old explorer Nick Hegarty, who won a medal for placing third in his age group. He clocked a magnificent 14:23. What an achievement for a first time climber.

There were also two personal best times set with Capt. Nate Contreras clocking 13:36 and Adam Madura 14:42 an improvement of a massive 3:16 over his 2017 time.

Scarborough’s fastest climber was 20-yearold Austin Mckearney who beat us all hands down with a staggering 9:57, down from 11:20 last year. What a great performance.

Contreras’ wife, Angie, also made the trip down to Boston for the 9 a.m. start time in the non-firefighter category. Her time was very similar to her husband’s, an awesome 11:41

While there were some obviously great performances in the stairwell, the real success story of this stair climb is the fund raising.

As of Feb. 5, the Scarborough Fire Department had raised $11,377 which eclipses the previous fund-raising record of $9,670 back in 2013 when Scarborough last won the fundraising top spot.

Three team members have raised over $1,000 with firefighter Mike Stephenson from Engine 5 on $4,324 a personal best, Lt. Ryan Ouellette, also from Engine 5 on $1,709 and team captain Tom Selby with $1,207.

For now, we sit in number one position with Brookline, Massachusetts Fire Department a little more than $2,100 behind. What is also great to see is the top four slots all taken by fire departments.

On behalf of the team, I would like to thank everyone who donated money to this wonderful cause. The fundraising is not yet over and the event is open until the end of the month.

Anyone that would still like to donate, there is still time, please visit http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANENortheast?team_id=138848&fr_id....

Mike Stephenson is member of Scarborough Fire Department.

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