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Missoula Firefighter Takes 2nd at Natl. Competition

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A Missoula city firefighter takes second place in a national combat challenge in Arlington, Texas.

During a combat challenge, firefighters sprint up five flights of stairs in full gear carrying 40 pounds of hose, and then drag a 175-pound dummy over a finish line.  

Joe Waggett placed 17th at the World Finals in October, with a time of 1:31.

That earned him an invitation to a special race in the parking lot of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium before the Cotton Bowl.

Waggett said, "Everybody's there for the same goal, which is just to kind of push their body to its personal limits and try and do their best and represent their home."

He ran a time of 1:38 in cold and windy conditions, which earned him 2nd place out of 20 competitors.

Competitors also helped spread the American flag across the field before the Cotton Bowl.

The Missoula Fire Department will host a regional combat challenge in July.

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