Mission Statement - Denver Climb
The primary purpose of the annual Denver Metro Firefighter’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is to remember those 343 Firefighters who selflessly gave their lives, so that others could live.
In addition, those Firefighter’s who participate in this event are demonstrating their commitment to the physical and mental preparation necessary to protect others from harm.
This event is NOT a race! It is a gathering of Firefighters, who solemnly climb 110 flights of stairs, each firefighter carrying one of the 343 with them.
Firefighters climb the stairs in the same turnout gear, carrying the same type of equipment that our Brothers carried on 9/11, and the same gear we carry into fire buildings on a daily basis. We do this to truly remember them, and to reinforce our commitment to those we have sworn to protect.
We will, NEVER FORGET!
Mission Statement - NFFF Stair Climb Program
We climb to ensure that the fallen firefighters of September 11 are never forgotten, we complete their journey through dedication, training and physical fitness.
History Of The Climb
In September of 2005, members from the Denver Fire Department and the Castle Rock Fire Department joined together to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of the FDNY brothers killed in 2001. 110 stories, of course, was the height of the World Trade Center buildings. The event started as an idea with just 5 firefighters and was originally held at 1999 Broadway in downtown Denver.
The second annual event in 2006 brought a few more people, bringing the total number of participants to 12, and a new venue at 1801 California Street - the Qwest Building. Several tennants in the building made signs for the firefighters, and the support of the building's management was astounding. The building is the second tallest in Denver, and is 54 stories tall. Climbers start in the basement, and make their way up the length of the building twice; giving the total number of stories climbed to be 110. The firefighters climbing were from the Denver Fire Department, the Castle Rock Fire Department, the Aurora Fire Department, and the Littleton Fire Department.
As word spread about the stair climb, interest gained. In 2007, the event went from 12 particiapants in the previous year, to several hundred participants. Participants came from all over the state, including the front range, the mountains, and the western slope.
The 2008 event brought the total number of participants to 343. The organizers capped the number of people at 343 - the same number of FDNY firefighters killed on 9/11. The event also included a new element: the idea that you were climbing for someone specifically. Each climber was given a badge to wear around their neck with the name and a photograph of one of the FDNY members killed on 9/11.
2010 brought a new partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. We are working with them to donate our registration fees towards their efforts to provide on-going and future support to the families of the 9/11 firefighters. In addition to the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11, there have been over 200 diagnosed with lung disease, and an additional 2000 in the monitoring program for the disease. This unfortunate cascade will need our support for years to come.
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