About 250 kids attended the Third Annual Jr. Firefighter Stair Climb in downtown Bremerton this past weekend.
The stair climb was sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 437.
The event raised a little more than $2,500 for Bremerton resident Ethan Goozovat.
According to organizers, who selected Goozovat as this year’s beneficiary after learning about his desire to be a firefighter, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 6.
“It is a type of blood cancer from white blood cells that have been found in lymph nodes in his neck,” event organizers wrote. “It is really rare for someone of his age, but he is a strong, courageous little boy and with the love and support of those around him, we can get through anything!”
Kids that attended the event were able to climb a three-story tower in child-size bunker gear and an air pack; rescue a “baby” from a building; do a dummy rescue drag; operate a real fire hose; and many other fun and engaging activities with grown-up firefighters.
The kids, ranging in age from 3 to 12, were also able to chow down on hot dogs and other snacks and get their photos taken with Sparky the Fire Dog. They also got an event T-shirt.