Over 2K people participate in 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
The seventh annual 9/11 Memorial Stair climb raised over $115,000, with all proceeds going to the NFFF
By FireRescue1 Staff
APPLETON, Wis. — Nearly 2,200 members of the fire service, their families, friends and community members climbed the steps of historic Lambeau Field on Sept. 7 to pay tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11.
The seventh annual 9/11 Memorial Stair climb raised over $115,000, with all proceeds going into to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), according to a press release.
"The events of Sept. 11, 2001, motivated me, and many others in my profession, to become firefighters and serve our communities," Green Bay Metro Fire Department Firefighter Lt. Shauna Walesh said. "Over the past seven years, it has been an honor to help build awareness and share the mission of the NFFF, as well as climb alongside so many individuals and teams who come together to show they will never forget."
Participants climbed 110 stories, the height of the World Trade Center Towers. Each climber wore a badge with the name and photograph of one of the fallen firefighters. When they reached the top, they stated the individual on their badge and rang a fire bell in their honor.
"It's important to recognize that no community or fire department is invulnerable to the inherent risks firefighters face each day," Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing, said. "The work of the NFFF is critically important, and it is an honor to partner with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department each year for a day of remembrance. At Pierce, we're committed to supporting the fire service beyond the apparatus, and the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is just one way we can help maintain programs that support fire service survivors."
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is sponsored by Pierce Manufactures, an Oshkosh Corp., in partnership with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.