Public invited to 2nd annual 9/11 memorial stair climb

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invites the public to its second Tucson 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in mid-September.

The organization created the events, held nationally, to honor the 343 FDNY members who were lost on September 11, 2001.

The climb is open to fire service personnel only.

Around $4500 was raised for the NFFF at last year's Tucson climb. Approximately 100 climbers participated and large groups watched the event on large televisions. There were cameras in the stairwells so families could watch the climbers.

This year, the NFFF hopes that 343 climbers will participate so every fallen hero is remembered.

The organization invites the public to attend this year's event on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 5151 E. Broadway Boulevard.

The first 9/11 Stair Climb was held in 2005 in downtown Denver, Colo. Five men climbed 110 flights of stairs. The word spread of the event and the interest surged. By 2007, there were hundreds of participants to represent every part of Colorado.

In 2008, participation was limited to 343 to represent the number of FDNY firefighters killed on 9/11. They were also each given a badge with the name and a photograph of one of the fallen firefighters, symbolically completing the climb with one who couldn't.

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