Local Firefighter Featured in 2022 American Lung Association Firefighter Calendar

Today, the American Lung Association launched its 2022 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar to honor local heroes and support its vision of a world free of lung disease. The second annual calendar features Jeremy LaTraverse from Kingsland Fire rescue in Kingsland, Georgia. 

Every year, thousands of firefighters race up hundreds of stairs in full firefighter gear weighing over 40 pounds during American Lung Association Fight For Air Climbs in more than 40 cities nationwide. LaTraverse of Kingsland Fire Rescue was chosen as one of the American Lung Association’s top Fight For Air Climb supporters nationwide. He has participated in the Fight For Air Climb for five years and raised more than $17,000 for the Lung Association.

“Every second of everyday you have the chance to do something special and give back, it’s up to you to make those seconds count,” said LaTraverse.

The mission of the American Lung Association hits close to home with firefighters. Respiratory diseases remain a significant health issue for firefighters and emergency responders. Firefighters are at a higher risk to develop chronic issues, including lingering cough, hoarseness, asthma, and allergies and in more extreme cases, may be diagnosed with lung or bronchial cancer.

“Firefighters like Jeremy are not only out there saving lives every day, but they also fundraise and participate in events like our Fight For Air Climb in their free time,” said Cindy Springer, senior development manager for the Lung Association. “We are amazed by their daily sacrifice and are honored that Jeremy as well as so many other local heroes participate in our event.”
    
The 2022 calendar will feature photos of our top fundraising firefighters and firefighter teams at their local Fight For Air Climbs. It also includes fire safety tips, statistics on how fires affect our lung health and tips for your Fight For Air Climb. All proceeds will support the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

To purchase the Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar, go to Lung.org/Calendar. To get involved in a local Fight For Air Climb, visit FightForAirClimb.org.  

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
312-940-7001
[email protected]

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