Local firefighters compete in Seattle stairclimb race - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local firefighters compete in Seattle stairclimb race

SPOKANE, Wash. - Results are in from the 2009 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle. More than 1,500 firefighters from across the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Germany competed in this year's event to raise funds for blood cancers research.

This years competitors included firefighters from Spokane, Coeur d'Alene & Spokane Valley took part in the event. The race which takes place at Seattle's Columbia Center tower in downtown Seattle forces firefighters to climb 69 flights of stairs in full firefighting gear weighing about 50 pounds. The annual climb benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - last year it raised more than $530,000 for research.

This year's event was won by Montana firefighter Kory Burgess in a time of 10 minutes 55 seconds. Spokane Valley firefighter Paul Kimball placed 4th in less than 12 minutes. Spokane firefighter Eric Ross finished in 15th place and Jason Keen finished in 18th. This year the Spokane City Fire Department finished 8th out of nearly 140 teams. You can check the results to see how individuals and teams finished in this year's event.

Overall the Spokane City Fire Department raised more than $5,800 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can still donate to the Spokane Fire Department team.

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