Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Georgetown Firefighter Participates in American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb
GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred Mitchell is pleased to announce that firefighter/EMT Jim Croke of the Georgetown Fire Department participated in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Fight for Air Climb over the weekend.
Held in prominent skyscrapers and buildings throughout the nation, the Fight for Air Climb is one of the ALA’s signature fundraising events. This year, firefighters arrived at One Boston Place on Saturday, Feb. 4 to ascend the building, which is 601 feet tall and has 41 floors, with two flights of stairs on each floor — for a total of 789 steps.
Firefighter Croke, who was dressed in full turnout gear with his air pack, climbed the 41 stories in 11 minutes and 43 seconds. He raised more than $400 in private and corporate donations.
“We’re very proud of Jim who climbed alongside firefighters from New England communities near and far to raise money for advocacy and research for those suffering from lung disease and cancer,” Chief Mitchell said. “The climb is no easy feat and Jim went above and beyond the call of duty.”
The Fight for Air Climb has been in existence for more than 10 years and has raised over $40 million to support the mission of the ALA.