When a firefighter dies in the line of duty the entire fire service grieves and looks for a way to show the family that their loved one will not be forgotten.
On Sunday, October 28, you can make it happen. Join members of FDNY and the public for the 4th Annual National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters at Belmont Park.
“It’s an honor to take part in the annual National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters because it not only supports our own FDNY members here at home, it also benefits the thousands of men and women in communities across our country who bravely risk their lives to save others each and every day,” said FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh.
Participants will walk 2,200 steps of Belmont’s stadium, symbolizing the 110 stories of the World Trade Center and the ultimate sacrifice that 343 members of FDNY made on September 11, 2001.
The stair climb is also a symbol of hope by raising funds that support programs of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the FDNY’s Counseling Services Unit. Both organizations aid families and co-workers of fallen firefighters.
“Symbolically walking in the footsteps of the 343 heroes who gave their lives on September 11th is a moving experience, and I would encourage all who are able to take part,” said Kavanagh.
Participants will receive a commemorative event shirt and a name badge for the firefighter they are honoring. Gates open and on-site registration begins at 9:00 am.
This family-friendly event includes activities and entertainment for everyone at the After Party. In addition, the New York Racing Association will raffle two (2) Belmont Stakes Day reserved seats valued at $200 each.