- Associated Press - Monday, March 13, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A team of Missoula firefighters took first place as they huffed and puffed up 69 stories of Seattle’s Columbia Center during the 26th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb competition.

The Missoulian reports (https://goo.gl/wKELXh ) the team of Andrew Drobeck, Benjamin Brunsvold and Andrew Burke won Sunday’s competition with a combined time of 36 minutes, 23 seconds. It was the sixth team win in a row for Missoula’s city firefighters.

It also was the sixth individual win for Drobeck, who wore bib No. 1 and took first place individually, getting to the top in 10 minutes, 58 seconds.

The competition is part of a national fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year, the event raised a record $2.3 million.

Each firefighter hikes the 1,356 steps wearing full gear and breathing from an oxygen tank.


Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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