On top of the world... in Amherst

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Jodi MacKenzie has the best view in Amherst, at least for 50 hours that is.

The veteran Amherst firefighter is 72 feet above the Wal-Mart parking lot and will remain there until Saturday afternoon as part of the Seventh Annual John Michels Sr. MD Ladder Sit.

On top of the world... in Amherst

Jodi MacKenzie has the best view in Amherst, at least for 50 hours that is.

The veteran Amherst firefighter is 72 feet above the Wal-Mart parking lot and will remain there until Saturday afternoon as part of the Seventh Annual John Michels Sr. MD Ladder Sit.

Its so relaxing and view is spectacular, MacKenzie said soon after being hoisted in the air atop the Amherst Departments ladder truck.

Hes all set for the long haul with his computer and a pile of DVD movies he intends to watch while perched at the top of the ladder.

I got a bunch of movies here, some books and magazines. I dont think Ill be bored, he said.

Although the quarters are cramped in the bucket, MacKenzie doesnt believe hell have a difficult time sleeping. He just hopes the weather is co-operative.

Its going to be a good time, he said. Itll be a little rocky with the wind but Im up there to relax and make the most of it. I have a sleeping bag and a pillow, a couple of changes of clothes and a digital camera.

Roger Gouchie Sr., who went up the ladder last year, had several words of advice for MacKenzie as he entered the bucket.

I told him to dress warmly and take reading material and things to pass the time, Gouchie said. Youd be surprised, though, how quickly the time goes.

Last years ladder sit raised $15,000 for the departments annual muscular dystrophy campaign.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Wal-Mart

Geographic location: Amherst

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