On Sunday, September 15, hundreds of participants will climb the equivalent of 110 stories to symbolize the number of floors in the World Trade Center. These participants may be honoring a friend, remembering a relative, or showing gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice 18 years ago. Want to join these individuals by honoring our nation’s fallen firefighters and supporting their families? Find out how you can help, either in-person or virtually for as little as $20, at: www.nationalstairclimb.org.
The National Stair Climb is in memory of all fallen firefighters, including the 343 FDNY members who died on September 11, 2001. All climbers 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 Opening ceremony begins at 9:30 am, with the climb beginning at 10 am. The climb after-party includes three-hours of refreshments along with admission to the Belmont Park races.
This year, three Belmont races will honor FDNY members who have lost their lives recently. Their families and peers will join the winning horse and jockey in the winner’s circle. The three fallen are:
Firefighter Chris Slutman L-27
Firefighter Steven Pollard L-170
Lieutenant William (Billy) Moore EMS Queens/Brooklyn
“The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an opportunity for anyone in the community to demonstrate respect and admiration for these courageous men who gave their lives trying to save others. It’s also a way to show their loved ones that we will never forget them,” said National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Executive Director Ron Siarnicki. “We want to be sure that each of those firefighters is represented by someone climbing the stairs at Belmont Park.”
The proceeds will benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.
There are multiple ways for people to participate and support:
• $50 for the Climb and After Party, ages 13 years and up
• $50 for Climb Supporters and After Party
• $20 for After Party tickets for children 4 – 12 years
• $20 for the Virtual Climb
• Children 3 and under are FREE
For more information about the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, go to www.firehero.org. For more information, and to register, visit: www.nationalstairclimb.org