GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Goodfellow members challenged themselves with the fifth annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy Sept. 22.
Competitors ran the nearly 2-mile course with multiple stops to complete exercises such as jumping jacks, burpees and jump-squats. Due to poor weather conditions, the coordinators removed the stair-climbing portion from the competition, and participants performed cardio-based exercises instead.
“The purpose of the event is to remind participants of the sacrifices of the emergency responders on September 11, 2001,” said Lt. Col. Scott Cline, 312th Training Squadron commander.
The first responders inspired individuals that day to become police officers, medics and firefighters like Airman 1st Class Garrett Rivett, 312th TRS student.
“I’d thank them for everything they did for us,” said Rivett. “What happened on 9/11 was tragic. To be able to meet one of those who sacrificed themselves that day would be a great honor. They are a big reason I became a firefighter.”