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Tri-Cities firefighters climb for good cause

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Firefighters from the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley participated in the annual Scott Firefighters Stair Climb benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

They climb sixty-nine flights of stairs with all their gear on. Many of the participants train all year for the event.  Tod Kreutz, Battalion Chief Kennewick Fire Department is a veteran of the climb and says it isn't an easy challenge.

"Grueling to carry that much weight up sixty-nine stories on air you know, going as fast as you can. It's one of the most difficult things I've had to do physically,"said Kreutz.

The Kennewick Fire Department sent eleven firefighters to the climb and raised over three thousand dollars for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Each year fifteen hundred firefighters participate from all across the nation and sometimes some from other countries participate as well.  It's the most popular stair climb event in the country.