Kirkland firefighter receives American Lung Association’s national excellence award
July 13, 2012 · 5:17 PM
The American Lung Association recently recognized Kirkland firefighter Mark Anderson as a recipient of its 2012 Volunteer Excellence Award during an awards ceremony in Wilmington, Del. The national award celebrates Lung Association volunteers who exemplify the nationwide commitment to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
“Mark has been a steadfast supporter for many years,” said Renée Klein, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. “I can’t think of a better individual to receive this volunteer excellence award.”
Anderson, a lieutenant with the City of Kirkland Fire Department, is a longtime volunteer who contributes to the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific in a unique way. He provides leadership and encouragement for participants in the Climb for Clean Air event, a climb to the top of the famous Mount Rainier in Washington state.
He helps ensure the personal success of the participants and the financial success of the event through his positive attitude and unsurpassed knowledge of Mt. Rainier and what it takes to prepare for such a feat.
Each year, Anderson creates a detailed training plan for the climbers that prepares them both mentally and physically. He plots out their physical training with gradually increased levels of difficulty to steadily build endurance, and he leads detailed sessions about the necessary climbing gear, clothing and nutrition.
His leadership of this event has helped the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific to raise more than $4 million throughout the event’s 25-year history. Anderson’s knowledge base and enthusiasm for the Climb for Clean Air are key to the success of this event. Through his actions, he is an incredible advocate and ambassador for the American Lung Association.
“Mark’s generous spirit is a gift to our organization,” said Klein.