White Bear Lake firefighters walk 150 miles to raise money - KMSP-TV

White Bear Lake firefighters walk 150 miles to raise money for ATV

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WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (KMSP) -

It was a long trek, but three firefighters who huffed it from Duluth back to their department in White Bear Lake say it was a worthwhile journey for a good cause.

Ron Hawkins, Justin Nelson and Jeff Loeks left on Friday. Four and a half days later, they arrived back home -- and they weren't alone for that last leg. Once the trio crossed into the city limits, a fire truck came to escort them the rest of the way.

The three came up with the idea to make the walk with 18-pound air tanks on their backs to raise money for a new ATV that could be used for ice rescues.

Now that they're off their feet, they joke that they wouldn't do it again. Admittedly, none realized how grueling the walk would become or that it would take nearly five days instead of three. In the end, however, they say it was worth it.

The new ATV will cost about $15,000, and the trio isn't sure just how much they've raised. They expect to know by Wednesday, and donations can still be made on firefighterspecialteams.com.

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