The annual Tri-Cities 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is fast approaching and there are some new elements for this year’s event.
Last year, the climb raised $27,110 for the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation through sponsorship’s, fundraising by the climbers, and registration funds. Online registration has already closed at 343 climbers, but there will be day of registration also.
“The 343 climbers is significant because of the number of firefighters that were killed on 9-11. We also have tags for all of the police officers and EMS workers that were there, so we will be distributing those. We’ll also have some local tags for some local first responders to carry,”, Coordinator Andrew Catron said, “This year we have tags for Brian “Bull” Durham from Carter Co., we have Christopher Brooks from Sullivan Co. Volunteer Fire Dept., and Shawn Cornett from Kingsport Police Dept. So we’ll have tags that their co-workers, friends and family will get to carry, just to remember them on this day as well.”
The climb will take place on Sunday, September 9 and will take place in the parking garage. Each climber will climb 110 floors, which is the height of the World Trade Center. So each climber will make 12 trips carrying the tag of a fallen hero.
Catron added, “Each tag has the name and photo of a fallen hero. We want them to be able to connect with that person, something they can go back and look up and learn about who the person they climbed for was.”
Also new for this year is a fire helmet that has been airbrushed by a local artist that will be raffled off. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the climb and the after party.