Chicago Firefighter Makes Mr. January of National Calendar

Joseph Proszowski selected as one of top firefighter supporters nationwide
Joseph Proszowski, firefighter from the Chicago Fire Department, shares the honor of Mr. January in the American Lung Association’s 2023 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar, which honors first responders from across the United States.

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.

Proszowski of Chicago was chosen as one of the Lung Association’s top Fight For Air Climb firefighters nationwide. He has participated for three years in the event and just this year raised $1,950. The photo was taken at the 2022 Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field.

“I’m honored to be featured in this year’s Firefighter Calendar. The mission of the Lung Association and cause of the Climb Campaign hits close to home for me and my firefighter brothers. We are all at high risk for lung disease because of the work we do. The Lung Association works to help treat those with lung disease while raising critical funds to save lives. So, I call on all my fellow firefighters near and far to join me and participate in this event,” said Proszowski.

“We’re so proud of and excited for Joseph for being honored in the 2023 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar! He truly deserves this recognition. He is not only out there saving lives every day, but he also trains and fundraises for events like the Fight For Air Climb in his free time,” said Danielle Trojanek, Executive Director of the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “We invite other firefighters and first responders in the Chicago area and across Illinois to join our Fight For Air Climb to help support our vision of a world free of lung disease.”

A small group from Chicago Fire Department Local 1403 is also pictured in a montage of the calendar.

The mission of the 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.
The 2023 calendar 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, visit There are two upcoming Fight For Air Climbs in the Chicago area. You can now register for the Fight For Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower which takes place on March 5; and registration will open soon for the Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field which will take place in June.

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James A. Martinez
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