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Perkins firefighter hopes to stoke interest in charity

Andy Ouriel • Mar 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Hackenburg signed up for the Revolution3 Triathlon this September in Sandusky, demanding athletes first swim 2.4 miles and bike 112 miles throughout Erie County.

But during the race’s last leg — a 26.2 mile run — he’s abandoning the traditional running outfit of a T-shirt, shorts and cap.

Instead, Hackenburg plans to suit up in full fire turnout gear, which weighs about 60 pounds. Wearing the helmet, a coat and an air pack, Hackenburg aims to create buzz for a charitable effort.

He is, however, ditching boots for running shoes.

Hackenburg’s raising money for the National Firefighter Endowment. The nonprofit organization helps cash-strapped fire departments nationwide purchase equipment and tools needed to adequately serve communities.

“I want to raise as much money as I can,” he said. “If I can help raise money for the departments so firefighters can have better equipment, that will be a better service they can provide.”

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Want to donate?

What: Perkins firefighter Brian Hackenburg will run in full fire turnout gear in the Revolution3 Triathlon this September in Sandusky to raise money for the National Firefighter’s Endowment, which helps cash-strapped departments purchase equipment.

Where: Click to go to Hackenburg's website or call call Perkins fire at 419-626-133. Mail a check, care of Brian Hackenburg, to 3003 Campbell St., Sandusky, OH 44870

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