Meet Your Firefighters – A Challenge for A Worthy Cause

By Ron Dawson, Contributing Writer

On May 15, a team of our firefighters will participate in a fund raiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the annual Stair Climb held since 1991. The effort supports blood cancer research. Since its inception, the LLS Firefighter Stair Climb has raised over $20 million. Because of the Covid-19 virus and restrictions, the Stair Climb in the Columbia Center in Seattle is being handled in a different fashion.

The Port Ludlow Firefighters will climb Mt. Townsend here on the Olympic Peninsula in their firefighting gear with air packs. This is an eight-mile roundtrip, with 3,010 feet of elevation gain to a summit of 6,260 feet. It will be a significant physical challenge, as they haul 60 POUNDS of bulky gear to the summit and back.  (Editor comment: Having done that hike a few times with perhaps TEN pounds of photo gear, I can attest to the incredible fitness of our firefighters!) The team members include: Wicus McGuffey, Robert Novak, Curtis Beery, Travis Paynter, Tom Hertenstein, AJ Avila, Hayden Gresli, Alex Sviridovich, Jack Reimer, Brennan Whiting, Richard Spellman, and Neil Secondez.  This is the major fundraiser that our firefighters participate in annually.

Support to the team in the form of a donation can be made online at

A long web address, but it will take you directly to the Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue donation page. All support to this cause to beat blood cancer is greatly appreciated.