Mercer Island firefighters climb Columbia Tower for fundraiser

Seven Mercer Island firefighters took on the challenge of climbing the stairs of the Columbia Tower last Saturday to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The 21st annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, features firefighters from around the world in full gear racing to the top floor.

The Mercer Island Fire Department team was led by captain Curt Groscost, firefighters Tommy Guttu, Brent Horschman, Mark Givens, Kent Bastrom, Trevor Kissel and Scott Logsdon. The competed against 1,550 firefighters from 24 state, Canada and Germany. They tackled the 1,311 steps of the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle, the second tallest building west of the Mississippi.

Guttu finished in seventh place overall in 12 minutes and 27 seconds – four minutes faster than his 2011 time. Givens and Groscost finished in the top 100 to give the MIFD team a 10th place finish overall. The team's time was 43:01.

"He made Mercer Island proud yesterday," said teammate Scott Logsdon. "We enjoy doing it and supporting the cause - and we'll certainly be back at it next year."

Participants raised $950,000 toward the cause, and the final totals will be released after the public stair climb event, the Big Climb Seattle, on March 25.

Individually, Givens finished 79th in 15:06, Groscost was 99th in 15:28, Bastrom was 139th in 16:03, Horschman was 423rd in 18:24, Kissel finished 526th at 19:14 and Logsdon was 549th in 19:25.





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