With a little help from my friends

Doris is pictured outside the Sky Tower surrounded by family. Back row, from left, are Matt Rutene, Jamie Phelps, Tamanui Hill (who also did the climb), Brendan McGonagle and Aaron McGreal. in the middle row, from left, are Amiria Mita, Ngahuia Mita, baby Whetu TeRangi Rutene, Doris, Kristina McGonagle, Doris’s daughter Michael McGonagle and Geoff Hill. In front, holding the cylinder, is Aaron McGonagle. Picture by Frances Oliver

Gisborne volunteer firefighter Doris Hill climbed the 1103 stairs of the Sky Tower in Auckland on Saturday in the annual firefighters stair climb challenge, and she had plenty of support.

For Station Officer Hill it was her 11th time — “it gets harder every year” was how the 57-year-old put it afterwards.

“It felt so good to have my family there with me last weekend to support me.”

She was the longest-serving female firefighter in the country to make the climb, at 19 years of service.

“I will have to assess whether I do it for the 12th time next year.”

Gisborne volunteer firefighter Doris Hill climbed the 1103 stairs of the Sky Tower in Auckland on Saturday in the annual firefighters stair climb challenge, and she had plenty of support.

For Station Officer Hill it was her 11th time — “it gets harder every year” was how the 57-year-old put it afterwards.

“It felt so good to have my family there with me last weekend to support me.”

She was the longest-serving female firefighter in the country to make the climb, at 19 years of service.

“I will have to assess whether I do it for the 12th time next year.”

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Daune, Frankton Fire Station - 4 months ago
Well done. You do us not-so-young girls proud

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