I am urging you to take part in the 2nd annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb which is happening on September 8th at the Corporate Cove Building near the Great Dane in Wausau. The brainchild behind the event is Rothschild firefighter Thomas Mahar who allowed me to take part early. I met him last week to take the climb. What makes this different is that you will be wearing full fire gear including an air tank and helmet as you climb the nine fights of stairs. The hope is to simulate without the actual fire, smoke and chaos what it would have been like for the 343 brave members of the NYFD who climbed to their deaths while assisting people feeling the burning Twin Towers on that fateful day.
Mahar says this years event will also honor Colby firefighter Jamison Kampmeyer who died back in March while fighting a fire in Abbotsford.
If you decide to take part you will receive a picture and badge of one of the men who died on 9-11 and will ring a fire bell at the conclusion of your climb. All money raised goes to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
I'll tell you it was interesting to see how out of shape i was as I completed the climb but you shouldnt think that you cant do it. I wore the gear and tank and if I can do it you certainly can. We took video of my climb and we will be attaching that here so you can see how it goes.
You can sign up that day and the suggested donation is $25.
Here is some more info how you can take part.
Memorial Stair Climb
Corporate Cove Tower
1 Corporate Cove
Wausau, Wisconsin 54401
Map and Directions
Greater Wausau’s 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York who died on September 11, 2001, the proceeds of your registration donation benefit the programs of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation that help FDNY. For officers who would like to climb and have the registrations help the NYPD Foundation and the Port Authority Widows and Childrens Fund, please register offline or on-site.
This event provides the greater Wausau community with an outlet for honoring and remembering the fallen 9-11 heroes and raising money for their families and co-workers through the National Fallen Firefighters, a nonprofit foundation established by the U.S. Congress to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. More information about the Foundation can be found at http://www.firehero.org/about/.
Participants will climb the Ghidorzi Companies Corporate Cove Tower 12 times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers. Participants will receive a photo and badge of one of the fallen heroes and will ring a silver fire bell in his/her honor as they complete the climb. Firefighters have the option to start in full turn-out gear and carry equipment, just as ...their fire service brothers did that morning.
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