News Headline: Local Firefighters Raise Funds for American Lung Association
Outlet Full Name: Hamden Post-Chronicle
Author: Lynn Fredricksen
Residents may not realize it, but local firefighters, as a group, are an amazingly valuable local treasure.
In addition to fighting fires and saving lives, this group of fire professionals gives selflessly to help raise money for worthy causes. Most recently, six firefighters donned their 75-pound gear and an air pack and ran 32 stories, up 64 flights totaling 413 stairs.
Was it a horrible fire with many lives at risk? No. It was the Fight for Air Climb, a fundraiser for the American Lung Association held earlier this month.
“This is the third year I’ve done it,” said Ron Prisco, a career firefighter whose event time was five minutes, 45 seconds. “It’s a good cause.”
Prisco said a firefighter from Stamford had the best time at four minutes, six seconds.
It was the local team that led the fundraising effort with a total of $5,755.
Fire Chief Vincent Landisio was very pleased with what the firefighters did to help the cause.
“Some of our membership participates every year for the Lung Association,” Landisio said. “We had several of our guys doing that stairclimb.”
Prisco, whose grandmother and father-in-law both died from lung cancer, welcomed the opportunity to help raise money for the cause. But he was quick to point out that it was fellow firefighter Louis Criscuolo, III, who raised the most money when he singlehandedly brought in $4,025.
Prisco explained that the event is structured in 30-second increments with a firefighter beginning the climb every 30 seconds.
“Everyone has a number and a microchip on your wrist that you scan when go and then you scan when you’re at the top to record your time,” he said. He added that multiple fire departments competed in the event in numerous categories.
In addition to Prisco and Criscuolo, firefighters Jeff Haag, Ben Fox, Tom Haggertty and Chris Spoldi participated in the event. Anyone interested in contributing to the fundraiser is asked to contact fire headquarters by calling Town Hall at 203-239-2531 and asking for the Fire Chief’s office.