Firefighters from Rochester and Rochester Hills climbed 70 flights of stairs while wearing 50 to 75 pounds of gear this weekend.
They weren't responding to a fire but they were saving lives: the local firefighters joined hundreds at Detroit's Renaissance Center on Sunday for the Fight for Air Climb Firefighter Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association.
The climb of 1,035 stairs is timed.
The Rochester-area crew included seven members of the Rochester Hills Fire Department and one from the City of Rochester, according to Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell. In all the team raised more than $1,600 in donations.
The event had a special meaning for Rochester Hills Firefighter Kevin Palaian, who climbed for his Uncle Mike, who is fighting lung cancer. During the climb, Palaian had a picture of his uncle stuck to the front of his fire helmet.
The team included Ross Drouillard, Dan Cooper, Al Rojas, Sean Milliken, Derek Boutin, Kevin Palaian, Brian Molnar and Pat McMahon.