Mission accomplished


Published on June 17, 2017

Dwight Wheaton is greeted by friends and family after stepping from the ladder bucket.

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AMHERST, N.S. – Fifty hours produced more than $14,000.

I feel honoured being able to do my part and to be supported by a great group of people.

Dwight Wheaton

The firefighter with the Amherst Fire Department sat atop a fire truck ladder for 50 hours, from Thursday at noon until Saturday at 2 p.m., during the 17nd Annual John Michels Memorial Ladder Sit.

The annual fundraiser raises money for Muscular Dystrophy.

Wheaton spent the 50 hours in a covered bucket 70-feet atop the ladder in the Walmart parking lot.

“I watched movies and spent time on facebook,” said Wheaton.

He says he wasn’t bothered by the damp, wet weather.

“The trick is having the right gear with you,” said Wheaton. “I brought lots of winter gear so I stayed warm, and I brought a heater as well but I didn’t need to use it.”

He also says he slept very well.

“I’m surprised I slept as good as I did.”

Wheaton thanked his fellow firefighters, the nurses, and the many volunteers for their support.

“I feel honoured being able to do my part and to be supported by a great group of people,” said Wheaton.

“I thank the nurses for coming out and making this happen,” he added. “Also, the Sea Cadets have been here through the sun and the rain. They’re here every year. Many hands make easy work.”

The cadets, along with other volunteers, worked the voluntary toll stations at the entrances to the Walmart and Atlantic Superstore parking lots.

Wheaton gets lowered to the ground after 50 hours.

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Wheaton gets help jumping down from the bucket.

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Wheaton poses with fellow firefighters and volunteers.

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