Contributed photo
                                From Left to Right: Firefighter von Dassow, Lt. Henderson, John Jensen and Lt. Venegas

Contributed photo From Left to Right: Firefighter von Dassow, Lt. Henderson, John Jensen and Lt. Venegas

Local firefighters climb for Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness

  • Tue Feb 19th, 2019 10:51am
  • News

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue

On Saturday, Feb. 23, at Friday Harbor Marketplace from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., San Juan Island Fire and Rescue firefighters will be out in front of the store raising funds for the 2019 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Stairclimb.

The firefighters are dedicating their fundraising climb in honor of former San Juan Island Fire District 3 Commissioner John Jensen, who successfully battled multiple myeloma last year. Jensen served as a fire commissioner for 18 years.

Lieutenants Michael Henderson and Gilbert Venegas and firefighters Mark Wagner and Michelangelo von Dassow will be in full structural turnout gear – boots, pants, coat (liners intact), helmet and gloves, and using their breathing apparatus on a stair climber exercise machine in front of the market to raise money to fight blood cancers and prepare for their participation in the world’s largest on-air stair climb competition.

On Sunday, March 10, the four firefighters will compete in the 2019 Leukemia and Lymphoma Stairclimb. San Juan Island firefighters will join over 2,000 career or volunteer firefighters from throughout Washington in the race to climb the stairs to the top of the Columbia Center – Seattle’s tallest building.

The entirety of the course must be completed while wearing full turnout gear, while on-air – it is 69 floors, 1,356 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation gain to reach the highly acclaimed Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor. This physically challenging competition is representative of the struggle that blood cancer patients endure.

Come root for our firefighters on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Friday Harbor Marketplace, 515 Market St. in Friday Harbor, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and help us raise money to research and fight blood cancers. Donations are also accepted on the team’s LLS Firefighter Stairclimb page at https://shar.es/am01YL.