Two SKFR firefighters finish in top 100 of annual stair climb

Two South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters were among the top 100 finishers at the 23rd annual Scott’s Firefighter Challenge Stair Climb in Seattle on March 9.

Cody Baker, 27, finished 70th overall with a time of 15 minutes and 15 seconds, while Scott Gammill, 43, was 90th at 15:41. Robert Jones, 32, recorded a time of 19:18 and finished 468th. There were 1,514 males who made up the 1,652 entries.

The trio helped SKFR finish with a team total time of 50:12, good for 39th place among the 188 teams. Missoula City Fire was the top team with a team time of 37:35.

Reagen Benedett, 35, finished with a time of 20:21 — 607th overall and 13th among the 138 female entries.

Mike Lewis, 46, finished 496th at 19:30; Leif Anderson, 34, was 658th overall with a time of 20:48; Jesse Pingeon, 32, finished 662nd overall at 20:49; Shawn Prestegard, 35, was 752nd overal at 21:31; Randy Eaton, 44, was 877th at 22:43; Edward Seibold, 52, was 1,315th at 29:43; Mike Kehl, 45, was 1,337th at 30:17; David McCarthy, 38, was 1,365 at 31:47; and Josh Scott, 24, was 1,434th at 34:22;

Fire Chief Steve Wright finished 32nd among 59 fire chiefs in the race with a time of 23:43.

The top male finisher was 32-year-old Andrew Drobeck of Missoula City Fire. He finished with a time of 11:05. This was his third straight year as the top finisher.

The top female was Jacqueline Palmer, 35, of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. Palmer finished with a time of 16:13.

The unofficial calculations show the event has exceeded its fundraising goal of $1.55 million for the Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


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