|L-R: Mike, Kevin, Rachel, Carolyn, Tim, Maggie, |
Emma, Patrick and Nate. Front: Mike
What a day it proved to be; NFTA had a great showing!
In addition to raising a collective $4,000 to support the ALA, there were some superstar climbers in the mix! Carolyn Concannon's husband, Patrick, took 3rd place in age bracket 50-59 with a time of 3:51 minutes, Nathan Meyers, son of Airfield Supervisor Timothy Meyers at NFIA, took 2nd place in age 20-29 at 3:15.
|BNA Firefighters: Bill Locher, Scott Seib, Asst. Chief Bill Major, |
Andy Laforce, Marty Szymanski and Jessica Dudziak
And, if that isn't impressive enough, Jessica Dudziak took 2nd place female firefighter, 7:47. She is also a former (two-time) first place winner as well. Andrew Laforce took 3rd place for male firefighter, 4:43. All firefighters climb in full gear weighing anywhere from 65-75 pounds and although the rules do not require them to be aerating from the SCBA tank and mask breathing system, the BNIA ARFF team, as well as others, completed the climb "on air" adding yet another challenge to their assent.
In addition, this year's individual fundraising star goes to Rachel Maloney whom has participated in the Climb for the past four years in honor of her late mother, Caroline, who suffered from COPD. The ALA's goal for the overall event was to raise $175,000 and although they are still tallying the final number, early evidence suggests they surpassed this goal.
Congratulations to everyone involved - what a great team effort!