BENEFITING: NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION
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 citizens like us at Clarity Solution Group who join the Firefighters to 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 Citizens like us who join with the Firefighters, in a solemn climb 110 flights of stairs, each person carrying a picture or badge of 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! What is the memorial stair climb? The stair climb is an untimed walk aimed at using physical activity to remember the events and people of September 11th. The route is designed to equate to 110 stories, the height of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. At Red Rocks Amphitheatre the route begins in the upper south parking lot, ascends the south ramp, and takes participants around nine counter-clockwise laps in the amphitheatre. What are the goals of the event? The focus of the event will always be remembrance. The mood will be positive as we honor the people and events of September 11th 2001 with each step. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a most fitting venue for reflection and we encourage all who participate to occasionally pause, take in the surroundings, think of sacrifices that have been made, and see how today we have come together. Just as our nation came together after 9-11, we need to continue to come together as a community. Our firefighters serve our community daily in providing emergency response. They view this as another opportunity to serve the people in their communities by providing a means for you to bring your family and friends together. Donations to 9-11 related charities are in steep decline. Time and distance from the tragedy combined with a poor economy has taxed these organizations. As you can see through the link to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, support is decreasing while the need continues to increase. It is also our goal to establish the memorial stair climb as an annual event to provide continued, consistent support to this charity for years to come. Who attends the memorial stair climb? September 11th 2001 affected us all. It became clear in our planning and communication that this would be an opportunity to share this annual firefighter event with our community. In 2009, about two weeks prior to the event we decided to open it to the public. Over that next two weeks, with nothing more than word of mouth, 300 additional registrations were submitted by men and women outside of the fire service. All armed forces branches were represented, including Colorado State Patrol, teachers, students, pilots, flight attendants, and Urban Search and Rescue Teams. Even a family from New York City who lost their loved one and hero on 9-11-01, Lt. Kevin Dowdell of FDNY Rescue Company 4, participated in the climb. They still climb with us today. This year, Clarity Solution Group climbed with them!