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Valley Firefighters Win Challenge Trophy

A team of Valley Fire District firefighters brought home the first-place trophy Sunday from the seventh annual Firefighter Challenge in Seattle.

Ten Valley firefighters completed in the grueling fund-raising event for the Leukemia Society of America. Each individual raced up 69 floors of the Columbia Center Tower in full firefighting gear.

Over 450 individuals competed in the event. Valley firefighter Dave Griffiths earned the second fastest individual time: 13 minutes and 34 seconds.

He averaged 1.6 steps per second.

Two other Valley firefighters, Mark Knokey and Bob Leaming, came in 12th and 20th, respectively.

Other team members included Henry Williamson, Rob Proctor, Brian Foster-Dow, Andy Reilly, Steve Neff, Dan Ward and Terry Soderberg.

Each of the competitors climbed 1,311 steps wearing about 45 pounds of gear.

Eighty fire departments competed in the event, which determines its winner by averaging each team’s top three scores.

Firefighters pay an entry fee to participate and collect pledges for the Leukemia Society.

This is the fifth year a team from Valley Fire has competed in the Firefighter Challenge. The team has been training since November.

County to discuss Sprague widening

Spokane County Public Works Department will hold an open house from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at Greenacres Junior High, 17915 E. Fourth, to discuss widening of Sprague Avenue between Sullivan Road and Corbin Road.

County staff members will be on hand to answer questions about the $4.8 million project, which also includes adding sewer lines along Sprague.

Sprague Avenue will be widened to five traffic lanes, including a two-way center turn lane. Bicycle lanes, sidewalks and curbs will be added to both sides of Sprague.

Pet licensing clinic today

Spokane County Animal Shelter and Partners for Pets are sponsoring a pet microchip and licensing clinic today at Petsmart, 14024 E. Sprague.

The clinic will run from noon until 4 p.m.

To get a microchip, owners must bring proof that their pet is currently licensed. Cost for the microchip is $15. The chips contain information that can identify an animal if it is lost. Dr. Catherine Roth will donate her time to administer the microchips.

, DataTimes