Fight for Air 2018

Back row from left: Ken Van Woerkum, Randy Reineke, TJ Markley, Justin Trenkamp, Mike Branderhorst, Jeremy Scott, Jason Schroeder and Luke Roose. Front row from left: Paul Haase and Brad Vincent. 

Pella's police and fire departments participated in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb this past weekend.

The event raises money for the American Lung Association to fight lung disease and lung cancer. The climb took place in Des Moines on Sunday, April 8.

Teams and individuals climbed flights of stairs in four buildings in downtown Des Moines: A total of 85 floors, or 1,796 steps.

Lt. Paul Haase and officer Brad Vincent represented the Pella Police Department in the climb. They individually climbed all four towers. Vincent placed ninth in the police four tower climb category with a total time of 25:26. Haase placed 10th in the same category with a time of 27:20.

The police department raised about $500 for this year's climb, Haase said. Last year they raised about $553.

“Everything went well,” Haase said. “It's great that we received support from the community to help our team and contribute to the fundraising.”

The fire department took two teams to the fight for air climb. Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom set a goal for the fire department to raise $12,000 this year. The amount they fundraised is still being tallied, Van Gorkom said.

Last year, the fire department raised $9,684.

“We did it for the fundraising more than anything. More than getting recognition for being the fastest team,” Van Gorkom said. “We really don't pay attention to [the time] … Our biggest concern is how many dollars we raised for the American Lung Association. That, to us, means more than how fast we can run it." 

Pella Fire Department Relay Team One placed seventh among other fire departments in the relay tower climb, with a total time of 27:11. Pella Fire Department Relay Team Two placed 12th in the same category with a time of 32:32.

The police and fire departments thank the Pella community for their support.

Nicole Presley is the managing editor of the Pella Chronicle. She can be reached in the newsroom at 641-628-3882, or by email at

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