On March 7th, 2010, five personnel from the Albany Fire Department will run to the top of the Columbia Tower in Seattle to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They will be running in honor of Florence Allen, Training Chief Larry Allen's wife, who has battled leukemia and is in remission. Tom Henke, Levi Lindsey, Shannon Snippen, Sadie Bernt, and Mark Bernt will be participating this year.
At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center (formerly Bank of America Tower) in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes 69 flights of stairs and 1,311 steps to reach the highly acclaimed observation deck overlooking the city. The firefighters will race to the top in full firefighting clothing while wearing an air pack and face mask.
The Albany Fire Department team is raising money for leukemia research by selling Dove Chocolates and collecting donations. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please contact Shannon Snippen at 541-917-7732.