Ladder sit raises more than $15,000

Raissa Tetanish
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Amherst firefighter Chris Hicks (left) acknowledges the five minutes remaining of his 50-hour ladder sit that began at lunchtime on Thursday. Hicks spent two nights suspended high above the Town of Amherst for the 11th Annual John Michels Sr. Memorial Ladder Sit raising money and awareness to Muscular Dystrophy. Joining Hicks for the last 15 minutes in the air were his two sons, Aaron and Matthew. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - After 50 hours in a ladder bucket, Chris Hicks couldn't wait to get a shower.

That was the first thing the Amherst firefighter wanted to do after spending two nights suspended in the sky in the Amherst Fire Department's ladder truck for the 11th Annual John Michels Sr. Memorial Ladder Sit.

"It's been quite entertaining," said Hicks as he was checked over by medical staff following his 2 p.m. descent Saturday.

"If anything, it gave me a whole new outlook on the town."

Beginning at 12 p.m. Thursday, Hicks said the support from the community for the Muscular Dystrophy fundraiser was overwhelming.

"They always give us more than we expect," he said.

The event raised more than $15,000 for MD, as well as other community projects the fire department is involved in.

Organizations: Amherst Fire Department

Geographic location: AMHERST

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