Retired firefighter Dale Emmerich from Middleton, WI has raced up hundreds of stairs in full firefighter gear weighing over 40 pounds during the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in neighboring Chicago a total of four times. Now, he is being honored as a leading supporter nationwide for his commitment to end lung disease.
The 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. This is the second annual calendar recognizing the Climbs’ top supporters who participate in an annual event held in over 40 cities nationwide.
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, allergies, and in more extreme cases, may be diagnosed with lung or bronchial cancer.
“Firefighters like Dale are not only out there saving lives every day, they fundraise and participate in events like our Fight For Air Climb in their free time,” said Megan Cordova, executive director of the Lung Association. “We are amazed by their daily sacrifice and are honored that Dale, as well as so many other local heroes, participate in our event.”
The 2022 calendar features 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 firefighters’ local Fight For Air Climb. All proceeds will support the Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
To schedule a media interview with Emmerich, contact Dana Kauffman at the Lung Association at 312-940-7624 or [email protected].
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. 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: Lung.org.