There were firefighters and swat team participants who ran the stairs in full gear and I most certainly take my hat off to them and what they do to save lives. I won’t forget hearing the echo of deep breathing in the stairwell and then a loud crash of something hitting the cement ground when I was about half-way through the race. I had to make my way up another 3-4 floors before I realized it was the axe of one of the firemen. He was leaning up against the wall with his oxygen tank on struggling for air while still cheering on the rest of us, “Great work ladies, keep it up! You’re doing awesome!” I almost cried!
My friend Brian was there in full-gear with the Overland Park Fire Department and he completed it 9:54:8. I contemplated dropping my 16 oz water bottle due to the inconvenience of carrying "extra weight" and he finished with and extra 50+ pounds in gear. OUCH! I have to say that I'm incredibly proud of him and all of the men and women who came out to represent their departments in full gear. Can you imagine what type of training it requires to run through houses, climb ladders and run up stairwells to save the lives of civilian's stuck in a fire? More than that, to CARRY someone out of a fire when you are already carrying around all of that gear as it is?
THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS and SWAT TEAM MEMBERS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO TO SERVE AND PROTECT US!!!
|Brian & I after the Fight for Air Climb|