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March 15, 2007

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Seven employees from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department participated in the second annual Race Up Boston Place fundraiser on Saturday, March 10. The eighty–two–flight stair climb raised money to benefit the American Lung Association of Massachusetts commitment towards continued research and treatment of lung related cancers and illnesses. The Sheriff’s Department team was sponsored in part by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 419, which pledged two hundred dollars to the Lung Association.

The American Lung Association of Massachusetts is well underway to double the amount of money raised from last years event by bringing in over $50,000 this year.

According to Erin Hickey, special events manager at the American Lung Association, “I was delighted to hear that the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department was returning to participate in the stair climb. Their support of this event and its purpose is something to be thankful for.” Hickey continued, “The Sheriff’s Department is a great group of men and women whom I look forward to continually building a partnership with and who also should be recognized for their excellent stair climbing skills.”

The Sheriff’s Department team was captained by Director of Legislative Affairs Matt O’Malley and included House of Correction Superintendent Gerard Horgan, Assistant Deputy Superintendent Julie White, Corporal David Stock, Deputy Jim Cochrane, Nurse Marie Matalonis and Captain Owen Julius.

“It was nice to see employees from different areas of the Department come together to raise money for a worthy cause,” said Superintendent Horgan. “We had representation from the medical staff, the uniformed staff and the command staff.”

The team had an impressive showing, placing sixth, with a total combined time of forty–one minutes and eighteen seconds. This years team total beat last years record by a full minute and three seconds. Deputy Jim Cochrane finished the seven hundred fifty–stair course in six minutes and twelve seconds landing him in the sixteenth spot out of all 185 climbers. Superintendent Horgan ran the course in six minutes and twenty–five seconds, placing him in nineteenth place out of all climbers and third in his age group.

“Hopefully, we can have even more employees participate in the stair climb next year,” said Superintendent Horgan.

To learn more about the American Lung Association of Massachusetts and the Race Up Boston Place event, visit their website:

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