Andy Johnson stands at the base of the Columbia Tower before hitting the stairs (Jim Westcott Photo)

Andy Johnson stands at the base of the Columbia Tower before hitting the stairs (Jim Westcott Photo)

Climbing for a cause

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 12:49pm
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Firefighters from across the region and beyond participated last Sunday in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

In full gear, firefighters climb to the top of downtown Seattle’s Columbia Center, up 69 flights of stair, some 1,356 steps.

As they do each year, members of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue participated. This year the Vashon team included Darren Lenz, Joshua Munger, Ben Davidson, Brad McMullen, Josh Dueweke, Karen Jensen and Andy Johnson, a fire commissioner and team captain.

Johnson, battling a cold, came in first on the team with a time of 16 minutes, 35 seconds.

Combined, the group raised more than $7,000 for the cause. Donations will be still be accepted until the end of the month at

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