Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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|Sacramento 9/11 MemorialThe Sacramento Area Firefighters would like to invite you to participate in Sacramento’s 5th annual 9/11 Memorial Climb. This event is being held again to honor the 343 Firefighters of FDNY that paid the ultimate sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. This year’s Climb will be held at the same location as last year, the “Renaissance Tower” located at 801 K St. in downtown Sacramento at 0800, Wednesday September 11th. Participants will place the name of a Fallen Brother (over their own name) on the back of their turnout coat and carry it 110 floors to the roof. All proceeds from the Climb will benefit the FDNY Widows and Children’s Fund. Registration for this year’s tribute opened at 0800 on July 1. You are receiving this email because you either took part in last year’s Memorial or were on the standby list.
To honor this anniversary we are asking all participants to wear full turnouts. The 343 brothers had to climb 110 stories fully dressed and ready to go to work. We will honor their memory by doing the same. No SCBA’s or tools will be allowed, but we are asking that all climbers wear their full turnouts. If you are not willing to climb in full turnouts, there is another option for participation in an active remembrance. Please see below for information on the 9/11 Memorial 5K and 10K run which will be taking place on Sunday September 8th.
Registration must be received no later than August 15th, 2013 and will be limited to the first 343 Firefighters, active or retired. Last year’s registration filled up in 11 days, and this year may fill sooner. This year’s Climb has been advertised state wide. Just because you were part of the Memorial last year does not secure your spot in this year’s Climb. You must click www.sac911tribute.com and click the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb link to register. Registration is not complete until you fill out the registration info and your registration fee clears in Paypal. The registration fee for this year’s event is $25 payable by PayPal and includes an event t-shirt, as well as a personal bio of the Fallen Brother whom you will be honoring. Register Now!
If you register, please show up. In years past we have fallen short of the desired 343 due to last second cancellations. Please confirm your availability prior to signing up. If you are not one of the initial 343 sworn Firefighters to sign-up, there is still a very real possibility that you will have the chance to climb with the name of a Fallen Brother on your back. The entire standby list has been used to make sure all names were carried. No names will be left on the ground floor.
This year we will have a very special guest speaker, Retired Firefighter Jeff Cool (Rescue 3 FDNY). Jeff was one of the survivors of Black Sunday (January 23, 2005). That day four fighters gave their lives trying to rescue trapped victims on the fourth floor of an apartment building. Jeff and the rest of his crew had to jump from the fourth floor when they became trapped by a rapidly advancing fire. Jeff will be joining us on the 11th as we remember our fallen brothers. We are also working on having Firefighter Cool give a lecture on his experience that fateful day on the Tuesday the 10th. We will put out the information on the class as soon as it is finalized.
At the conclusion of the climb you are invited to join other climbers as we meet at De Vere’s Irish Pub at 1521 L St Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 231-9947 and remember our brothers together.
Another option to actively remember is the 9/11 Memorial run. There will be a 5K run/walk and 10k run. The run will start at 9:11 on Sunday September 8th, and wind through Downtown Sacramento. This year’s run has to be held on the 8th because the 11th falls on weekday. This will enable all those who are not able to climb as well as those who will be climbing on the 11th a chance to participate in the Run to Remember. At the finish of the 5K and 10K, American flags will be handed to runners as they cross the line. Each flag will represent an American who lost their life on 9/11/2001. Runners will carry the flag they are given and will place it in the grass in the “Tribute in the Park”. Each American Flag will be placed next to a name plate engraved with the name of an American who did not return home. When the 9/11 5K and 10K are complete, 2977 flags will stand united in the grass as a tribute to those that were lost.
Please encourage any Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, friends, family, and anyone else you know to register for the 9/11 Memorial 5K Walk run and 10k. For more information on the Run to Remember please visit www.sac911run.com.Please join us again in remembering those lost in a way that we can be proud of.