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Murrieta Firefighters 'Climbing' For Charity in Unique Event

If you stop by a local Albertsons store this weekend, you may notice some crowds gathering.

That's because there's going to be quite the sight to see.

On Saturday, March 1, firefighters plan on climbing a stair climber for six hours straight to raise money for charity.  And the'll be fully suited up while doing so.

Murrieta Fire Captain Matt Corelli tells Murrieta Patch that, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a half dozen firefighters will take turns on the machine, while wearing full fire gear-- which weighs approximately 35 pounds.

Meanwhile, a collection of money will take place for their overall contribution to the “Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scott Stair Climb” event in Seattle, Washington on March 9.

"This year, Firefighter Andy Stang and Firefighter Brandon Roach will be traveling to compete and contribute to the charity," Corelli said.  "[Last year] Firefighter Andy Stang completed the race and raised over $1,000 dollars as he proudly represented the City of Murrieta."

In total, last year's main event in Seattle helped raise more than $2 million, he said.

During that event, firefighters from all over the world compete to race up 69 flights of stairs inside the Columbia Center in full gear.

Saturday's event takes place in front of the Murrieta Albertsons 41000 Cal Oaks Road.



Alek J Hidell February 28, 2014 at 09:26 AM
If one of them has a heart attack while 'on the job' then taxpayers will be paying for this stunt....why don't they each kick in $200 a month from their own bloated salaries if they want to "give back to the community"?......
Murrieta resident March 02, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Marty- what a positive comment! Maybe you should put your money where your mouth is and actually try to make some positive change instead of complaining about everything. Have a fantastic day.

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