by Sarah Barber
Everyone knows that firefighters are universal heroes. Good-looking, athletic men and women in uniform who rush into burning buildings and save lives: What's not to like?
After this weekend's Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, we have one more reason to call the hose-draggers from Boise Fire Department heroes. Nineteen of Boise's finest raced up 69 flights of stairs on Sunday morning. The three fastest times from BFD's team were combined to determine the team's overall place: sixth out of more than a hundred teams from all over the country. The boys from Boise also managed to beat out the team fielded by our Canyon County neighbors with Nampa Fire Department.
Team member Rich Brown, who was profiled in last week's Boise Weekly, continues to lead the competition in fundraising, having raised more money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society than any other participant. Brown also bettered his time from last year by over two minutes.
Even though the stair climb event has come and gone, fund raising will continue through the end of March. It would be neat to see Boise Fire—currently holding second place in the nation, thanks to the strong lead by Brown—win this aspect of the competition.