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Iowa Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers Challenge Each Other to Climb Four Towers with First-Ever Challenge Coin

(March 7, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
[email protected]
(312) 445-2501

Today, the American Lung Association in Iowa announced the first-ever firefighter and law enforcement officer commemorative challenge coin for the 15th Anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines on April 8.

Firefighters and law enforcement officers who register for the Fight For Air Climb will be given two commemorative challenge coins, one for them to keep and one for them to give a colleague to challenge them to scale four towers downtown in the Fight For Air Climb. At the event, teams of firefighters and law enforcement officers have three ways to compete:

  1. Fastest law or firefighter relay team (must be a team of Four, one for each building)
  2. Fastest overall law or firefighter team (can be a team of any size)
  3. Highest fundraising law or firefighter team (can be a team of any size)

The teams will compete in their uniform and full gear, which can add an extra 50 – 75 pounds, as they climb four towers for a total of 85 floors, 1,796 steps. The Fight for Air Climb is a way for fire and law enforcement departments to stay in shape and bond as a team, but also to support a cause that hits close to home.

“On a daily basis, firefighters are exposed to smoke, gasses, chemicals, particle pollution and other pollutants that make them at much higher risk for lung disease,” said Micki Sandquist, the executive director for the Lung Association in Iowa. “This challenge helps raise awareness for firefighters facing lung disease and gives us a chance to watch and applaud their strength and perseverance.”

The Fight For Air Climb presented by Hubbell Realty Company will take place on April 8, 2018 in downtown Des Moines. Registration for the 15th Annual Fight For Air Climb is currently open online or by calling 515-309-9507.


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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