Brighton Firefighter Shares Wedding Day with the Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo
Eric Marshall and the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company to Climb 800 Stairs to Support the American Lung Association
(February 24, 2016) -
For Eric Marshall, Saturday March 12, 2016 will be a day that he will never forget. Marshall, of Brighton will marry his fiancé, Jessica Mooney. But before that, he will climb 800 stairs in full firefighter gear in the Buffalo Fight for Air Climb at One Seneca Tower to support the American Lung Association of the Northeast. Marshall will climb with 14 other of his brother fighters of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company.
The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers and other buildings across the country, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb the stairs of the building to the top! The Climb has been taking place for more than a decade and has raised more than $40 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.
Eric and Jessica share the desire to help others, Jessica’s grandfather and father were both firefighters for the same department Eric works for. Jessica is also an emergency dispatcher. The two also have a six-month old daughter. Despite the busy day, Eric said he was committed to participating in the climb. “It was something the Brighton Fire Company committed to a long time ago and I didn’t want to break that commitment,” said Marshall. He is participating in the Fight for Air Climb to raise awareness about the importance of lung health. “As firefighters we experience exposure to severe smoke that could damage our lungs all the time. Even after a fire is put out you can smell it in the air and you think ‘what am I really breathing in?” said Marshall.
While it may be a stressful day, Jessica supports Eric’s decision to participate in the climb. “This is something he’s in charge of and dedicated to. Firefighters give a lot of their time, You’re usually giving at least once a week at least to training and about five times a week you are on call so the fact these guys are giving back on their own time is something to recognize,” said Mooney. “If I can’t sleep in that day, why should he? The only thing I’m worried about is if he’ll be too sore to walk down the aisle.”
“The Lung Association in Buffalo is honored to have Eric share his special day with us,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Dedicated participants like Eric and the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company are what help make our Fight for Air Climbs a success. We thank Eric and his fellow firefighters for working with us to help spread our mission of improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We hope to continue working with them in the future,” Seyler said.
Registration for the Fight for Air Climb begins at 7:30 a.m. and the first climber will take off at 8:30 a.m. The Firefighter Challenge in which individual firefighters and firefighter teams compete against one another will also begin at 8:30 a.m in a separate stairwell. To find out more about the Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo call 585-666-1402 or e-mail BuffaloClimb@LungNE.org. The Fight for Air Climb is locally presented by NFTA Metro and is also made possible with the support of IMPACT Sports Performance, WGRZ News, Buffalo News REFRESH, national Corporate Team partner, Kindred Healthcare and national corporate sponsor Who Pneu.