Murrieta firefighters take to the streets for fundraising efforts

Murrieta Fire & Rescue Capt. Eric Ackerman accepts a donation from a passing motorist during the Fill-The-Boot fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Saturday, Feb. 8. Valley News/Ryan Ponitz photo

Murrieta firefighters took to the streets – and the stairs – to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Saturday, Feb. 8.

Firefighters donned their gear for the annual Stair Climb and Fill-The-Boot fundraiser raising more than $15,000 part of which will be donated to Murrieta Fire & Rescue’s Stair Climb honoree, Christian, an 8-year-old battling leukemia.

Murrieta Fire & Rescue engineer Brandon Roach climbs a stair climber Saturday, Feb. 8, during the department’s annual Stair Climb Fundraiser benefiting and 8-year-old boy battling leukemia. Valley News/Ryan Ponitz photo

“Christian and his family came out to the event to give the firefighters the continued motivation to climb stairs and raise money,” Dawn Morrison, a representative for Murrieta Fire & Rescue, said. “A firefighter was on the stair climber continuously throughout the day in full structure gear.”

Over 1,000 flights of stairs were climbed that day, she said.

“Murrieta fire engineers Andy Stang and Brandon Roach are instrumental in this fundraising effort and coordinating the Murrieta stair climb team each year,” Morrison said.

In March, Murrieta firefighters will travel to Seattle to climb the Columbia Tower, traditionally, they wear photos of the honoree on their helmets as they climb the flights of stairs. Morrison said.

Those wishing to donate to the cause can do so online by visiting,

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