BENEFITING: NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION
They're letting me climb for Keith Roma!
After some friendly badgering of the stair climb folks, they agreed to add a 344th spot to the Dallas event.
We continue to do a disservice to our profession by forgetting the 344th firefighter who died at FDNY Box 8087, Vesey St at Church St-- Fire Patrolman Keith Roma, New York Fire Patrol / IAFF Local I-26. Ptl. Roma and 18 other personnel assigned to NYFP companies made numerous confirmed rescues operating with FDNY on 11 September 2001. Ptl. Roma was assisting civilians out of the North Tower when it collapsed around him and NYFP Sgt. John Sheehan, who survived.
My good friend Patrick probably puts it best: "The fire service as a whole has been quick to honor the 343 FDNY members killed on 9/11. There are countless stickers, tee shirts, and plaques in fire stations across the country with that number... Roma was a fire patrolman with the New York Fire Patrol, the private fire department that operated alongside the FDNY for 203 years before being disbanded in 2006. Every year I feel for the family of Keith Roma, both those bound by blood and those linked by a life in the fire service, as they are continually unintentionally told that brother Roma didn’t count. This is an ongoing injustice that the national fire service, in its bid to outdo every other segment of society in memorializing 9/11, has been more than complicit in." (https://noambitionbutone.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/remembering-911-and-dont-forget-keith-roma/)
All donations benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in continuing the mission of reducing fire service line-of-duty deaths and injuries.