Local firefighter and family team to participate in 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb


Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs in remembrance of the 343 firefighters who died Sept. 11, 2001 will be held this weekend at two locations in Ohio.

Both events are open to the public.

A stair climb will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, at Antioch College’s main hall in Yellow Springs. Antioch Hall has four stories and the building, opened in 1853, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information visit www.ysclimb.org

On Sunday, Sept. 10, a stair climb will be held at Chase Tower in Columbus. The tower, located at 100 East Broad St., is a 24-story building. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is limited to 400 participants. For more information visit http://events.firehero.org/site/TR?fr_id=1851&pg=entry

This is the third year that Wayne Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue will participate in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, according to Wayne Township Fire Chief Chris Wysong.

“We are climbing to honor and remember the 343 FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live. The funds our team raise will benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters,” Wysong said in a recent email.

Wysong said the team has grown from the previous two years as more people hear about the cause. Firefighters, public service personnel, National Guard members, family, friends, and children as young as 8-years-old are participating in the stair climb, said Wysong.

“I am proud of everyone that has signed up to participate and see their commitment to honor the fallen 343. I will be climbing for the fallen firefighters again this year with a larger team. However, I will have a place in my heart for all 2,996 people who have died 16 years ago on September 11th. No matter the size and location of the fire department, whether it is FDNY or Wayne Township in Fayette County, our brother/sisterhood as firefighters are the same. It may be difficult sometimes to describe that feeling or bond outside of the department, but it is recognized immediately by anyone who joins the service,” said Wysong.

It’s not too late for people who are interested in the event to participate in this year’s climb, said Wysong. People may still participate by climbing as individuals, creating a new team, or joining an existing team. Donations to the cause are also accepted.

Wysong said anyone interested in joining the Wayne Township team or have an interest in becoming a firefighter for Wayne Township, can email him directly at wtvfd201@gmail.com.

“I encourage everyone to take a moment September 11 from their busy schedule to reflect on the 2,996 lives which include 343 firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers, and 55 military personnel who died at the Pentagon,” said Wysong.

Event information for stair climbs by location across the country can be found by visiting https://www.firehero.org/events/9-11-stair-climbs/find-9-11-climb-near/

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By Ashley Bunton

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