To raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Waltham firefighters participated in the 2017 Climb to the Top Boston and placed first in the challenge.
On Saturday, March 4, Deputy Fire Chief Cliff Richardson and firefighters Tom Leard, Steve Hopkins, Tim Mahoney and Mark Chiasson arrived at 200 Clarendon Tower in Boston — New England’s tallest building — to climb the 61 flights of stairs to the top.
Dressed in full gear, Firefighter Hopkins raced to the top, earning first place in the challenge, with a time of 14 minutes and 46 seconds. In total, 59 firefighters from 12 different fire departments took part in the climb.
“This was a fun event and we’re always honored to raise money for causes like Multiple Sclerosis,” Firefighter Hopkins said. “Everyone did a great job and we look forward to participating again next year.”
Not far behind Firefighter Hopkins, Firefighter Leard placed third at 15:44, Firefighter Mahoney earned seventh place at 16:03, Firefighter Chiasson came in 12th at 18:08 and Deputy Chief Richardson closed out the team in 13th place at 18:26.
As part of the event, Waltham firefighters raised $3,560 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Additionally, on Feb. 4, firefighters participated in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Fight for Air Climb at One Boston Place and raised $2,490.