On the morning of September 11th, 2001, two passenger airliners crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed.  First responders from the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York, and the Port Authority Police Department ran into the collapsed buildings to save the survivors of the attack. 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives in the rescue attempt and 9/11 went down as the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States.
And this weekend, first responders from across the nation and internationally will honor their sacrifice, including a team from the Apopka Fire Department.

On Sunday, The Fourth Annual New York City Memorial Stair Climb will see over 400 first responders ascend the 80 floors of 3 World Trade Center.  Each climber will be honoring one of the 23 NYPD, 37 PAPD and 343 FDNY killed on September 11th, 2001. The climb also memorializes fallen first responders and military personnel worldwide.

The New York City Memorial Stair Climb designates a beneficiary every year and mounts a fundraising campaign for that organization.  The 2018 climb is proud to support The Ray Pfeifer Foundation.   

The climb also taps into firefighters’ competitive spirit.  Climbers have the option to enter as a racer and be timed against other climbers as an individual or part of a team. Each firefighter will be wearing their full protective firefighting gear as they climb.

Apopka Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale and a team of 12 Apopka firefighters traveled to New York City this weekend for the event.

 “This is a great way for the Apopka firefighters to pay tribute to, memorialize and never forget the emergency workers who tried to get to thousands of citizens trapped on 9/11. Each firefighter climbs with the picture ID of lost NY city firefighter from 9/11.”
 He also points out that the team pays its own way for the opportunity to pay tribute to their fallen comrades of first response.
 “Our firefighters travel each year to New York for this event on their own time and dime, no taxpayer money is used. May we always remember the events of that day. Apopka firefighters are very passionate about this event. By climbing, these firefighters are completing a mission that all the FDNY firefighters that were lost on 9/11 tried to do.”

The event will be live streamed Sunday morning beginning at 9 am at http://www.nycstairclimb.com/.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Or all of you firefighters could go over to Hontoon Island and climb the fire tower, if it is still there, not sure, but it sure got me in my knees the next day, after all that stair climbing. Seems like to me, that was where it was, when I climbed the fire tower up and down, but it was somewhere, as it was a long time ago. I know we used to take my big German Shepard, Sheba, there to Hontoon Island, and she was allowed to ride on the ferry with us over to the island. Once we would get there, a park ranger warned me not to let my dog anywhere near the water because of the gators, even though we were standing there, and were looking down into the water, that had a rock wall around the water’s edge. He told me those gators could easily climb up that rock wall in a flash, and grab my dog, and snatch it away from me. I took his word for it…lol I remember another park ranger asking me if I had ever climbed the fire tower before, and I said that I had not, and I was told to expect sore knees the next day, and she was so right, as my knees hurt and was sore….I can’t imagine climbing the amount of stairs in that building in NYC, that would probably kill me. Got to be in great physical shape for that stuff. I used to have a stair stepper for exercise, and I soon discovered that it muscles up your calves too much, and I got rid of it. Good riddance to that thing. I wonder if that fire tower is still there at Hontoon Island? So many of the fire towers have now gone the wayside……..

  2. Thank you Chief Chuck & Apopka Firefighters for representing in NYC at the Stair Climb to honor ALL the First Responders, who perished along with civilians & Twin Towers

  3. I just viewed the 12 Apopka firefighters finishing up their climb at the World Trade Center….thumbs up, that was awesome!. Nice tattoos there on one firefighter’s shoulders, nice!…..I am happy that who ever was filming up there, showed the scene out the window, and when I looked around at all of those skyscrapers, looking down, it gives a person an idea of just how high that WTC building is! Like another world, instead of being in Apopka. If I were looking out that window, I would get the willies and might get sick, as I don’t like heights. Guess it is good, I don’t live in Dubai either…lol #Apopka Proud! Oh, and I researched the internet and the fire tower is gone from Hontoon Island. They called it an observation tower, no, it was an old fire tower….about the same thing though. Thank you, Apopka Then and Now, Gene Knight Jr., and Robin Tater for the video posted of the Apopka firefighters…thanks again, as I got to view it without facebook.

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