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Good Works: Nampa Fire Department climbs for cancer research

Nampa firefighter Dave O’Connor climbing a stair machine during the fundraiser at Dutch Bros. on Mar. 1. Photo courtesy of Nampa Fire Department.

Nampa firefighter Dave O’Connor climbing a stair machine during the fundraiser at Dutch Bros. on Mar. 1. Photo courtesy of Nampa Fire Department.

Twelve members of the Nampa Fire Department competed in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb March 9 to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event consisted of climbing 69 flights of stairs, 1,311 steps, to the top of the Columbia Tower in Seattle. In addition to ascending 788 vertical feet, each firefighter was dressed in full protective gear, weighing an average of 60 pounds.

The NFD team set a fundraising goal of $20,000. Local businesses, including Microtech Systems, Disaster Kleenup, Dutch Bros of Canyon County, Nic and Big J on 100.3 the X and Tom Scott Toyota, helped the team exceed their goal and raise a total of $20,380.

Firefighters from across the country participated in the stair climb event in Seattle, raising more than $1.5 million for blood-cancer research and patient services.

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