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Area firefighters step up for blood cancer research

It was an up and down time – in a good way – for three La Conner area firefighters Sunday.

Skagit County Fire District 13 Chief Wood Weiss, Lt. Cole Harris and firefighter Kenna Barnes took part in the 32nd annual Firefighter Stair Climb at the Columbia Center, the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest, to raise funds for the Washington/Alaska chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The local trio scaled 69 floors and 788 feet of elevation – over 1,300 steps in all – while wearing bunker gear.

This, then, was no mere weekend stroll in the city.

"We all had about 50 pounds of gear and h...


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