Fall River FD Will Climb with Lung Association in Providence to Reclaim Fastest Firefighter Team Trophy

The team from Fall River has taken the trophy four consecutive years

(February 18, 2014)

The American Lung Association will host its sixth anniversary Fight for Air Climb in Providence on Saturday, February 22. Climbers, including teams of firefighters, will tackle 22 floors inside the Omni Providence Hotel to raise money in the fight against lung disease.  One team that hopes to stand out once again at this year’s stairclimb is the firefighters from Fall River, Massachusetts.

Team captain for Fall River, Danny Medeiros, 31, of Fall River, describes his crew as “the guys to beat.” This holds true, as they have remained undefeated for the past four years. The Fall River Fire Department is striving to uphold their reputation as the winning team this year.

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The 2013 Fall River FD climb team

“We are honored to have the Fall River Fire Department back again for the sixth year,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Year after year, they are the team to beat in the stairwell. The firefighter competition brings an exciting element to our events as others are eager to see the firefighters dressed in full gear racing to the top. What’s more is that the occupation of firefighter is one that ties closely to our mission as these brave men and women are exposed to hazardous elements each and every day; and we are so humbled by their dedication. We are excited to see them compete at the Omni Providence Hotel this month, and are grateful for their passion for helping us raise awareness.”

According to Medeiros, in past years, Fall River has climbed for “brothers who have passed away from lung disease, but continue to participate in honor of the Lung Association’s cause and mission and to raise awareness about lung disease.” Medeiros explains that each year their experience at the climb is “unique and valuable.” Last year, the Fall River Fire Department raised about $2,000 for the charity. 

Paul Chippendale, of Fall River, climbed with the team in previous years and helped them take home the trophy. Chippendale was just 37 years old when he passed away after battling cancer on February 10, 2013, just days before Medeiros and the other members of the Fall River Fire Department climbed to victory yet again. The team presented their winning trophy to Jayme, Paul’s wife of 16 years, in his memory.

The Providence Fight for Air Climb expects 800 climbers to tackle the Omni Providence Hotel. This is a brand new location for the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Fight for Air Climb in Providence due to the growing number of participants each year. Each participant is responsible for a $100 fundraising minimum, due by event day.

The Providence Fight for Air Climb is sponsored by the Omni Providence Hotel, Rí Rá Irish Pub, NBC 10 WJAR, Fidelity Investments, LGC&D, Absolute Respiratory Care, GTECH Corporation, Amica Insurance, Collette, CVS Pharmacy, MetLife, Genentech, Vermont Hard Cider and Electric Boat. The event is also made possible with the support of national Corporate Team partner, Kindred Healthcare. Registration is available until February 18 at ClimbofYourLife.org. Climbers can register at the Omni Providence Hotel on the morning of the climb for an increased registration fee.