Ten South Orange firefighters will be climbing 28 floors on April 8 at the 3rd annual Fight For Air Climb in Newark. They will join many other teams, including numerous first responders, in ascending the 28 floors of One Gateway Center to raise funds and awareness for those who cannot breathe.
“Who better than Firefighters to know the value of breathing air, that unique blend of oxygen and nitrogen that allows Firefighters to enter burning structures wearing self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in our mission to save lives and protect property,” said South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan.
“We sent two members to this event last year and will send substantially more this year to this great event benefiting research, education and patient programs to help people affected by lung disease.”
Local residents can support the firefighters in achieving their goal to raise $2,000 for the American Lung Association by visiting the South Orange Fire Department Facebook page and clicking on the “Fight For Air Climb” article that appears there (or visit the SOFD fundraising page here).
In the photos below, one of South Orange’s newest firefighters, Alec DeSocio, trains for the event under the watchful eye of Training Officer Captain John Denvir.