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With just over two months remaining in the contest, six fulltime and two volunteer firefighters with the Richmond Fire Department have been competing to see who will be the “Biggest Loser.”
The “Biggest Loser” weight loss competition began in November and will go through March 6. Participating in teams, the firefighters weigh in every other Friday at the Ray County Health Department, the official weigh in station and record-keeper.
Once the team that loses the most is announced, the ‘winner’ is more than just the firefighters and the prize is more than an award. Though each person has benefited from the improved eating habits and regular exercise, team members decided to contribute to the Backpack Program at Richmond schools.
Instead of winning an award for the most weight lost, the team will make a donation to the Backpack Program equaling one dollar for every pound that is lost for all of the teams.
“I see a real dedication to the health of the firemen participating and a willingness to help others in need; so it’s a win-win situation,” said firefighter Rob Kinnard.
Thus far in the competition, over 70 pounds has been tallied for all individuals weighed in.
Those interested in donating to the Backpack Program may contact Julie Hyder at Sunrise Elementary at 816-776-3059 or Debbie Heil at 816-776-5401.
Photo: Richmond firefighter Brad Branson checks in for his bi-weekly weigh-in.
(Photo by Stacey Cox for The Daily News)