By Fred Herbst
TICONDEROGA - With every step, Sue Johnson got closer to the finish line at the Adirondack Half Marathon - and the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad got closer to a new home.
Johnson, squad secretary, ran the 13.1-mile road race in Schroon Lake to raise money for the Ti Emergency Squad's building fund.
She finished in 3 hours, 3 minutes and raised $1,579.
The squad now has $125,749.82 in its building account, according to Treasurer Marie Moore.
Supporting Johnson's run were Snug Harbor Marina, Best Western Inn & Suites, Be Cool Air Conditioning, Health Geiser, Pat Ida, Ticonderoga Animal Hospital, Geraw's OK Septic, Hot Biscuit Diner, Eddie's Restaurant, Ticonderoga Elks, Two Brothers Meat Market, Rathbun Jewelers, Gunning Agency, Stone House, Circle Court Motel, Busby, Bearly Used Furniture, Adirondack Sanitation, Ti Barber Shop, Sew and Sow, AC Electric, Reale Construction, AP Reale, Angela's Hair Salon and SWB.
The run was difficult, Johnson said, but she had support from fellow Ti Emergency Squad members Mickey Fitzgerald, Dennis Johnson and Dylan Bush, who volunteered at the event.
The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad began a fundraising campaign for a new facility earlier this year when the town board sold the volunteer group land for $1 - with conditions.
The squad must have the money for a new facility in hand in two years and construction must be complete in another two years or the land, located at the site of the former Ticonderoga Civic Center between The Portage and Lake Champlain Avenue, reverts back to town ownership.
To kick-off fundraising efforts, the squad raffled a 2005 Honda Shadow VLX 600 motorcycle.
Squad members have also held coin drops. Other fundraising events are also being planned.
Donations, though, will not cover the cost of the new building. The squad has applied to a federal program for grant money to match local donations.