CITY OF PULLMAN
620 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, WA 99163
(509) 332-8172 Fax (509) 332-4460
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ryan Scharnhorst, Asst. Chief
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Andrew Chiavaras, IAFF President
FIVE PULLMAN FIREFIGHTERS CLIMB SEATTLE’S COLUMBIA CENTER AND RAISE OVER $3000 FOR LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
Five Pullman firefighters climbed the Columbia Center tower this past Sunday to raise money for the fight against blood cancer. They raised $3040 by climbing 1,311 steps or 69 flights of stairs in full protective gear and getting all their air from their self-contained breathing apparatus, which adds another 50-75 pounds to their equipment.
The firefighters who participated in the annual challenge were Andrew Chiavaras, Paul Heebink, Justin Bodolay, Roy Godina and Ryan Palmberg.
One of the members who volunteered to do the climb this year, Sam Logar, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer. He had registered for the climb in October but received word in December of his diagnosis. He began treatment last month and had to withdraw from the climb. One of his fellow firefighters stepped in to do the 788-foot vertical climb for him.
On the day of the race, members of the team wore shirts purchased by the firefighters union that said, “Climbing for Sam.” They also wore a helmet shield that had Sam’s picture on it to remind them they were doing this “for Sam.”
Firefighter/paramedic Chiavaras said that all five members finished their climb with an average time of 28 minutes per member. Although security prevented family and friends from entering the building, Chiavaras said Sam was able to be in the building as an honorary member and was allowed to spend time with the team.
(Material supplied by Andrew Chiavaras; Glenn Johnson PFD/PIO 509 432-6894