Firefighters from Marathon Petroleum’s Los Angeles refinery raise money to fight lung disease

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Members of Marathon’s LAR Fire Department outside of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum following the American Lung Association’s 2022 Fight for Air Climb.

They climbed the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a cause close to their hearts (literally) at the 15th annual SoCal “Fight for Air Climb,” event to raise funds and awareness for the American Lung Association.

A team of 13 firefighters from Marathon Petroleum’s Los Angeles refinery (LAR) were among the more than 600 climbers who took part in this year’s event, raising more than $230,000 for lung cancer research.

“This was an outstanding team effort, and I would like to personally thank everyone who participated in this year’s climb,” said Randy Hudgens, Emergency Response Safety Supervisor at the Los Angeles refinery. “Participating in events like the Fight for Air Climb builds team comradery while also supporting local organizations that play a critical role in our community.”

 “We as firefighters know the importance of lung health, and we were honored to be part of this important event.”

The firefighters, some in full gear, climbed approximately 2,500 steps in the stadium in an average time of 45 minutes. In comparison, that’s almost 1,000 steps more than the climb to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. Collectively, they raised an additional $1,000 on top of the $3,000 the Los Angeles refinery provided as a sponsor of the event.

“It just gives you immense pride knowing what you’re doing may benefit someone who is battling something like cancer right now,” Hudgens said. “We as firefighters know the importance of lung health, and we were honored to be part of this important event.”

The LAR Fire Department has 150 firefighters and trains to respond to potential emergency events at the facility, while they also provide training and assistance to local fire departments.