Ladder sit stands to raise more than $12K
AMHERST - Paul Lacey, a fire-fighter with the Amherst Fire Department, came down from his perch atop a 70-foot ladder Saturday afternoon after living there for more than two days.
The ladder sit was a fundraiser for the Amherst Fire Fighter's Association, that donates thousands of dollars to local charitable organizations and children's sports teams in Cumberland County every year.
"It was long, but I read magazines to pass the time," said Lacey.
Lacey came down from the ladder every few hours to have something to eat and have his vital signs checked by Dr. Brian Ferguson and nurse Dawn Thompson.
"I had to put the survival suit on for a little while because it got pretty cold Thursday night, but other than that things went great," said Lacey.
The Fire Fighters Association had help from a number of organizations, including members of Squadron 258 Amherst Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps with the fundraiser.
"Without the generosity of people who sponsored this event and donated to our cause none of this would be possible so we want to say a big thank you to everyone who had a hand in this event," said Raymond MacDonald, chair of the committee responsible for organizing the event.
As of Friday night, more than $12,000 had been raised. The total amount of funds raised was not available as of press time.