Gary Barker is one of 14 Valley Regional Fire Authority members who will be participating in the 2020 LLS Firefighter Stairclimb March 8th. This annual event helps raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Valley Regional Fire Authority has a 14 member team. Each of these fire fighters will climb 69 flights of the Columbia Tower in their full full turnout gear, while on air.
We’ve put together a profile for some of the team members to help you get an idea of who they are, and about the importance of this event.
Name: Gary Barker
How many times have you climbed?: 20. 21 on March 8th
Best time for the climb: 15:24mins
What is the hardest part of the climb? The last 5 floors
Why do you climb: I started my commitment to the climb when my friend got sick with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in late 1999. He died of cancer in March of 2001. I have continued to climb to help find a cure, to be involved in such a great fundraising event that helps others, to be a representative of firefighters, to remind me of the importance of good health and fitness, and to do something with my co-workers outside of our normal job. I look forward to it every year.
The VRFA Team will be fundraising at Fred Meyers this coming Sunday, March 1st from 11:30-2pm. If you can not make it out, you can donate online to the team (click here).