2016- 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
May 31, 2016
BENEFITING: Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission Inc.
EVENT DATE: Sep 11, 2016
I am raising money for the 2016 9/11 memorial stair climb. This is an event that takes place in downtown Kansas City every year on September 11th, where 343 firefighters from around the area come together to climb 110 stories in memory of the 343 fallen brothers we lost on September 11, 2001.
This is a very challenging task, both physically and mentally. We will be climbing 110 stories in full gear, which weighs around 70lbs. While climbing it is hard to look past the pain and struggle, but even harder to imagine how those brave men made the ultimate sacrifice knowing the possibility of never returning home to their families and friends.
Each firefighter will be climbing in remembrance of one FDNY firefighter that lost their life that fateful day. This year I have chosen to climb for the same firefighter that I had the opportunity to commemorate last year; Lt. Vincent Halloran, Ladder 8 FDNY.
Lt. Vincent Halloran was a 20 year veteran on the FDNY when he perished. He was stationed in the Queens and Bronx in his career but ran his final alarm out of the Tribeca station in Manhattan. Lt. Halloran bravely led his men into the north tower in an attempt to evacuate occupants, knowing the tower would eventually collapse. Lt. Halloran was a loving father to 5 young sons. When we passed, his wife Marie was expecting their first daughter, who was eventually born on their anniversary. People close to him said he had a calm demeanor at the firehouse which he took home with him no matter how hectic raising 5 young boys could be. He enjoyed spending time with his sons and often took them camping, fishing, and swimming. When taking his boys camping he would tell them to bring a friend along, and as if that wasn't enough Lt. Halloran and his wife would foster children from Ireland every summer. Although I never met Lt. Halloran it is truly an honor to climb in his memory, and for the wife and children he left behind. He is gone but never forgotten.
The money I raise for this event will go to an organization called S.A.F.E. (Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund). This organization's sole purpose is to provide financial support for families of first responders who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. With every donation I receive I will be entered in for the opportunity to participate in a stair climb at ground zero in New York City, but more importantly a little more stress will be lifted of the shoulders of families who has lost a loved one too soon.
The advertised goal for this fundraiser in $110 ($1 for every story I climb), but obviously the impact of the money is far greater than any number. Any amount you wish to donate it very much appreciated, and I greatly thank you in advance!
Truck 21 Engine 21