By Miriam Raftery
September 23, 2018 (San Diego) – Firefighters from the San Miguel Fire District joined with other first responders locally in the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in San Diego. They ascended 110 stories – the height of the fallen World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York--at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front Hotel on September 8th.
In addition, fire apparatus engineer Eric Hille traveled to New York in July and participated in climbing the World Trade Center in full firefighting gear to honor fallen heroes. (photo, right and below)
The events are part of a national effort that raises money to help victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
The 9/11 Stair Climbs are organized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Each participant honors a specific Fire Department of New York firefighter who lost his or her life on September 11, 2001.
San Miguel Fire Board member Theresa McKenna, a retired fire captain, posted on Facebook, “So honored to have climbed in memory of Christopher Pickford from my hometown of Queens, NY. We will never forget.” http://www.legacy.com/sept11/humble/story.aspx?personid=131674
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website states, “Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the world knows that we will never forget. The proceeds of these events help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors. Your support of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb events provides assistance to the surviving families and co-workers of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.”