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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Firefighters fight for air

  • It’s a great experience that many people all over the country take part in. Finishing first out of the group was Tim Flaata, with a time of 7:23 and three seconds behind him was Jake Sandbo, both finishing in the top 50 out of 229 firemen.
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  • On Feb. 23, Fight for Air had their most successful stair climb in Minneapolis with over 785 people of all ages participating in this fundraising event, raising over $220,000.
    It took place at the Accenture Tower. Watonwan County Fire and Rescue participated in this event, bringing 14 individuals.
    This event is a fundraising event to raise money for the American Lung Association – a fight for cleaner air in our communities. This is the fourth year Watonwan County has been a part of this event.
    The challenge was to climb 30 flights of stairs (660 steps) however; some of the participants did what’s called the fire fighter challenge. Those that partook in the fire fighter challenge climbed all 30 flights with their full turn out gear on, weighing in at approximately 80 extra pounds.
    It’s a great experience that many people all over the country take part in. Finishing first out of the group was Tim Flaata, with a time of 7:23 and three seconds behind him was Jake Sandbo, both finishing in the top 50 out of 229 firemen.
    Other participants that completed the fire fighter challenge include: Jason Monnens, Matt Bowman, Caleb Curry, Ross Hanson, Lana Lopez, Jason Smith, Danielle Stamp, Andy Swanson, and Bill Whitehead. Also participating from St. James but without turnout gear include: Melissa Curry, Brittany Flaata, and Amy Swanson.
     Watonwan County Fire and Rescue placed fifteenth out of 32 teams. This year, they raised a total of $3,066 with Jason Monnens being the top fundraiser at $1,516. Watonwan County Fire and Rescue has raised a total of $9,745.25 in all four years of participation and they are hoping to continue participating in this event in the years to come.
    Don’t forget, anyone can participate in this event! You don’t have to be a fireman to join in on the fun! Watonwan County Fire and Rescue would like to thank everyone in the community for your awesome donations and support! Hope to see a lot more of you next year to help us represent Watonwan County.
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