9/11 Climb for the Fallen approaching - Tucson News Now

9/11 Climb for the Fallen approaching

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Saturday morning one of Tucson News Now's own participated in the 9/11 Memorial Celebrity Stair Climb for the Fallen in hopes to draw awareness to the firefighter event that will be held on Sept. 15.

Anchor Dan Marries took part in an exhausting physical tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The stair climb was held at the Bank of the West building, located at 5151 E.  Broadway in Tucson, according to a news release.

It started at 8 a.m. Aug. 24. Celebrities climbed 17 floors twice in full firefighting gear to pay tribute to firefighters who died selflessly on 9/11, and every day, throughout the country. Saturday's celebrity climb was a mini version of the firefighter event to be held on Sept. 15.

As a second generation volunteer firefighter, Scott Lehman, the owner of Premier Auto Center, and major sponsor of the event, understands the selflessness required to be a firefighter.

"The reason I have chosen to sponsor this event in a big way, is because it is for a great cause and I think it's time that we remind the community and raise awareness of the service that our local firefighters provide to us every day. I think we sometimes take for granted the fact that these dedicated people come to our aid when we need them, even when it means putting their own lives in danger," Lehman said. 

"We want Tucson residents to come out to the climb and see their local firefighters in action.  Witness the physical and mental drive it takes to be a firefighter. It's going to be a fun and exciting event too, so bring the whole family," Lehman said.

On Sept. 15 there will be food, music and other family friendly activities.

To make donations to support this great cause, go here and click on the "donate" tab on the home page or donate in person at Premier Auto, 1355 W. Wetmore.

In association with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, the Tucson 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will raise funds to assist the families of the fallen lost during 9/11 and most recently, the 19 Arizona firefighters lost during the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by Congress in 1992. The mission of the Foundation is to honor and remember America's fallen fire service heroes, and to provide necessary resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding of their lives.

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