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Thursday, March 19, 2015

It was a breathtaking day for the 5th Annual Buffalo Air Climb

Saturday, March 14, the American Lung Association hosted its 5th Annual Buffalo Air Climb with NFTA Metro as its major sponsor. This unique event, sometimes referred to as a “vertical road race” was held at One Seneca Tower, where an estimated 550 individuals (80 teams) gathered to participate in the 37-floor stair climb.
Team Captain, Mike Moore (not pictured), who made the climb in a rapid five minutes and eleven seconds and ranked in 11th place overall, reported that NFTA Metro’s 19-person team, which included three of NFTA’s Fire Rescue Unit’s firefighters, collectively raised over $4,000.  Two team members even made it on the ALA’s event day “Wall of Stars” for their personal fundraising efforts. 
In addition to the civilian climb, the day also included a special firefighter challenge, where all participants made the entire ascent in full gear and while using air tanks.  Awards were presented for all elite climbers after the event at Pearl Street Restaurant.  It was exciting to see Jessica Devinney, from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s Fire Rescue Unit on the list of honorees. 

Jessica was awarded first place in the firefighter challenge with a time of 11:13.  Jessica has been with the BNIA’s Fire Rescue Team for approximately six years.  About her participation, she said, “I really enjoyed being a part of this extraordinary event, and I was grateful to be able to climb with Captain Bill Major and fellow firefighter Eric Corson. In reflection of the day, it truly was touching to see everyone come together in support of such a great cause!”
“The American Lung Association would like to sincerely thank NFTA Metro for their continued support for our Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo for their second year,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “Not only did they generously help promote the event in several ways including providing ad space, they put together a team, raised money in support of our cause and came out and climbed with our other participants.  Their support continues to bring in increased exposure for our event, but helps us raise awareness about our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We look forward to continuing to work with NFTA Metro to improve air quality and lung health here in Western New York.”  All event funds raised, which has been estimated at well over $125,000, will go toward lung disease education, research and advocacy. 

Congrats to the entire NFTA Air Climb Team – nice job!