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Gianforte Announces Spirit of Montana Recipients: Benjamin Brunsvold, Andrew Drobeck, and Blake Meyers of Missoula

September 14, 2018
Press Release

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized Benjamin Brunsvold, Andrew Drobeck, and Blake Meyers, firefighters with the Missoula Fire Department, with his Spirit of Montana commendation for their excellence in training and performance, service in protecting our communities, and dedication that exceeds the call of duty.

Brunsvold, Drobeck, and Meyers were the three top finishers for the Missoula Fire Department at the 2018 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, helping the team claim top honors for the seventh consecutive year.

Held in Seattle, the 2018 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb brought together 2,000 firefighters from over 330 fire departments to compete and raised a record $2.61 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honorees.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record about Brunsvold, Drobeck, and Meyers is available HERE and follows:

RECOGNIZING BENJAMIN BRUNSVOLD, ANDREW DROBECK, AND BLAKE MEYERS

Mr. Speaker, I rise today, during National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, to honor firefighters Benjamin Brunsvold, Andrew Drobeck, and Blake Meyers who helped the Missoula Fire Department team finish first in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb.

The 2018 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb brought together 2,000 firefighters from over 330 fire departments to compete. The stairclimb, which raised a record $2.61 million in 2018, benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its efforts in the fight against different types of blood cancer.

The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is the world's largest on-air stair climb competition. Held at the Columbia Center in Seattle, the competition features firefighters in full gear climbing 69 flights of stairs, or 788 feet.

I congratulate Brunsvold, Drobeck, and Meyers who were the three top finishers for the Missoula Fire Department, helping it claim top team honors for the seventh consecutive year. Brunsvold finished third in the individual competition; Drobeck, a six-time individual winner, placed fourth; and Meyers finished 26th.

I also commend the 77 Montana firefighters from 26 departments who took part in the 2018 challenge. With the support of their communities, they raised more than $97,500. Since 2009, Montana firefighters have raised more than $800,000 for LLS.

While I congratulate Montana’s outstanding firefighters for their performance, the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is about raising awareness about blood cancer and raising needed resources for research and patient services.

Josh Charles, a Bozeman firefighter and a Montana Ambassador for the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, says, “It’s rewarding to know that fire departments across Montana have embraced the Scott Stairclimb, honoring the cause and the people affected by cancer who fight every day for normalcy. There’s nothing better than when a patient or survivor says, ‘Thanks for helping me fight leukemia.’”

Mr. Speaker, for their excellence in training and performance, service in protecting our communities, and dedication that exceeds the call of duty, I recognize Benjamin Brunsvold, Andrew Drobeck, and Blake Meyers for their spirit of Montana.