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Stairclimb a rousing success for team of CKFR firefighters

SEATTLE — After racing up 69 flights of stairs in full bunker gear, the panoramic views of Seattle offered much more than a picturesque sight for 16 Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighters — it offered a feeling of accomplishment.

With 13 career firefighters (including one from North Kitsap Fire & Rescue) and four volunteers, CKFR was well represented at Sunday’s Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle.

Reaching the top of the Columbia Center (formerly the Bank of America Tower) CKFR firefighter/paramedic Trevor Stanley said his first words were “Thank God.” Not only did participants accomplish a personal goal of reaching the top, but the team raised more than $8,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The team’s official fund-raising results were not available by press time, but many raised a substantial amount for the cause including CKFR volunteer firefighter and leukemia survivor Adam Knudsen who raised about $5,000.

“He was excited to be there and did

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