A Gurnee firefighter and paramedic, who is also a U.S. Marine veteran, has been named a Guinness World Record holder in his fight to bring awareness to Parkinson’s disease.
Gurnee Firefighter-Paramedic Ryan Seiffert became the record holder for the fastest mile burpee broad jumps.
His time was one hour, 32 minutes and 33 seconds. It was achieved in Gurnee on September 23, according to Guinness World Records.
Seiffert decided to attempt the record in order to inspire others and to raise money for Parkinson’s research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation, officials said.
Seiffert for the last two years has partnered with the foundation by completing a burpee mile to help raise money.
Seiffert is a Marine veteran and past contestant of American Ninja Warrior.
He found inspiration to go for the record from a fellow gym member who developed Parkinson’s and devoted himself to fitness in order to slow down the progression of the disease.
The Village of Gurnee congratulated Seiffert on Monday. “Congratulations Ryan! Continue to inspire!”