5 years ago I participated in the first NYC stair climb and I have to say it was one of the most moving and incredible experiences I have ever had. The emotions that could be felt in the stadium were unexplainable, as firefighters, families and friends of firefighters climbed step after step, in honor of all those who died.
When your legs were numb and shaking, you felt like you could not go on, there was someone in front, or beside or behind you urging you on, giving encouragement. Individuals from all walks of life and all over New England and beyond, came together in the early October morning to climb. To honor. To remember.
Last year was the 4th annual climb, my 4th as a team captain, I had even more firefighters and family members on my team, and we all climbed together to honor and remember. Each year this event has grown in participants, and we were all climbing with the same deep remembrance and meaning.
Each climber pays tribute to a firefighter by climbing 2200 steps, the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of a firefighter, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that all firefighters are honored.
The funds I'm raising will help the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation honor America's fallen heroes and assist the surviving families and co-workers in rebuilding their lives after losing their loved one.
I am looking forward to climbing yet again on the 15th of September, to honor and remember so many who died on 9/11, but also the other firefighters who have laid down their life in order to save another. They made the ultimate sacrifice, and the funds that you are helping me to raise are for their families……as a way to remember that they did not die in vain.
As a volunteer firefighter for over 18 years, the sacrifices that are made on a daily basis by firefighters and their families is deeply felt.
Thank you very much for your support. It means more than you know.
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