KC Firefighter Named Mr. March of National Calendar

Preston Hoffa selected as one of top firefighter supporters nationwide
Preston Hoffa, firefighter from the Gladstone Fire Department, shares the honor of Mr. March 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.

Hoffa of Kansas City was chosen as one of the Lung Association’s top Fight For Air Climb firefighters nationwide. He has participated for six years in the event and just this year raised $685. The photo was taken at the 2022 Fight For Air Climb at Children’s Mercy Park.

“We’re so proud of and excited for Preston 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 Linda Crider, Executive Director of the Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City. “We invite other firefighters and first responders in Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area to join our Fight For Air Climb to help support our vision of a world free of lung disease.”

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 Lung.org/calendar. For more information about upcoming events in the Kansas City area, visit Lung.org/events.

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

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