BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — The Birmingham Fire Department is memorializing the 343 FDNY firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice September 11, 2001.
15 firefighters from the department are going to Montgomery to climb 110 flights of stairs.
“This symbolically completes the heroic journey of the FDNY firefighters to save the lives of the others in the two-tower,” says Mark Puccio with the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service.
The stair climb raises money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) that supports the families of local fallen firefighters in Alabama.
The event, 2019 Alabama Remembers 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is sponsored by the Pike Road Fire Department and will be held at the RSA Tower in Montgomery. The RSA Tower is only 22 stories, so everyone participating will climb the flights five times.
Puccio put the Birmingham team together.
“Being able to create this team and to raise money for the NFFF is important to me, because it is a way to show support to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice or were injured on 9/11. It also helps locally by raising money for the families of local fallen heroes, just in case tragedy were to happen somewhere here in the state of Alabama. Personally, being a firefighter and growing up in a firefighter family, it’s one of the most important fundraisers that we can do to memorialize their legacy. The funds are not endless, so we need all the help and support that we can get in getting as many participants, and donations are very important,” said Puccio.
The stair climb takes place Sunday, Sept. 15th.
If you would like to participate in this year’s stair climb or donate to the NFFF, you can join the Birmingham team here.