The Derby Fire Department team which participated in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb were recognized during the city council meeting on June 12. From left are Michael Bowman, Jeff Rodriguez, Kelly Payne, Ken Linot and Hector Gonzalez.
A Derby Fire Department team completed the 110-story Fight for Air Climb, even with one member fighting severe leg cramps.
The team members finished the climb, which is held in honor of the efforts of New York firefighters during the World Trade Center attack in 2001. The team did months of advance training for the fundraising event and while they did not end among the fastest times, they were credited for going the distance under adversity, according to Abby Brungardt, development director for the American Lung Association.
The team did take third place overall for fundraising and second place among business teams which participated. The team raised $1,205 and Firefighter Jeff Rodriguez raised $500, making him the top fundraiser among the firefighter teams and eighth overall.
Others on the team were Chuck Stansfield, Mike Bowman, Chris Dahlke, Nate Hurst, Aaron Fent, Kelly Payne, Hector Gonzalez and Ken Linot.
The Fight for Air Climb was held April 21 at Cessna Stadium.
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