Golden Valley Firefighters Raise $10,500 In ALA Fight For Air Climb
February 29, 2016
On Feb 27, five firefighters from the Golden Valley Fire Department (GVFD) participated in American Lung Association Fight for Air stair climb at US Bank Plaza in Minneapolis. The event is a fund raiser that brought 47 fire departments and 260 firefighters to the 31-story building for a full fire-gear climb.
This was Team Golden Valley Fire’s tenth year participating in the climb and the seventh year the team was the top fundraiser for the event.
“We started this year with a goal of raising $13,000,” says Golden Valley Firefighter Steve Baker. “That would have put us at raising $100,000 for the American Lung Association in 10 years. We fell a little short and currently sit at $10,500 for this year, for a 10-year total of $97,500. However, we’re very proud of our accomplishment.”
Golden Valley Firefighter Ken Bence was once again the top individual fundraiser, bringing in $7,434 this year.
“In addition to participating, Ken and I sit on committees to support the American Lung Association,” says Baker. “The Minneapolis climb has the largest number of firefighters participating in comparison to any other ALA stair climb across the nation. Saturday I managed a team of nine students, six paramedics, and 15 other volunteers to help take care of the firefighters that completed the climb. It was great time and great event.”
Team Golden Valley Fire participants (below from left to right) included Jeff Piper, Jon Kennelly, Steve Baker, Ken Bence, and Dominique Guzman.