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13-0637 Memorial Stair Climb Planned At Beach Hotel To Honor Firefighters

11/8/2013 1:45:57 PM

Contact: Rob Shaw

Nov. 8, 2013


Memorial Stair Climb Planned At Beach Hotel To Honor Fallen Firefighters

(WEEKEND EDITORS: This release is being sent out on behalf of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which is coordinating the event. Clearwater Fire & Rescue is helping to host the event.)

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Bob Shilling 443-823-1376

Clearwater, FL - Show others that you will never forget the 343 members of FDNY who bravely gave their lives on September 11, 2001. The public is invited to join firefighters from around the country who are attending the Volunteer and Combination Officers Symposium (VCOS) for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb on Saturday, November 9 at the Hilton Hotel Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave.

"Clearwater Fire Rescue is honored to be able to host this event and provide support to the NFFF as they carry out their mission of increasing firefighter safety and supporting the families of fallen firefighters nationwide," said Lt. Pete Georgantas, Honor Guard Coordinator of the Clearwater Fire & Rescue.

"The Stair Climb is a tremendous tribute to our fallen heroes and is always a very moving experience. The event also provides a great opportunity to promote wellness and fitness while generating a little competition and camaraderie."

Registration is open to the public at

Participants can either climb the stairwell of the Hilton Hotel Clearwater Beach multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers or walk the 3K course. Everyone will receive a photo ID of one of the fallen heroes of September 11th. Check-in is between 7:00 and 8:00 am at the Hilton and the climb and walk will begin at 9:00 am.

The fee is $25 per person. The proceeds will benefit the FDNY Counseling Unit, which offers peer counseling and resources to the survivors of fallen firefighters. Through their groundbreaking partnership with the NFFF, the Counseling Unit has also provided assistance to the families and co-workers of the firefighters who died this year in West, Texas, and Prescott, Arizona. In honor of those brave men, a moment of silence will be observed.

"The tragedy of September 11 was the single-largest loss of firefighters in our nation's history. Nearly 12 years later, the Foundation is still working with FDNY and using the lessons learned from that experience to assist survivors from other departments, such as West and Prescott, as they begin their healing," explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF.


Rob Shaw

Office: 727-562-4333

Cell: 727-224-7831

Media Line: 727-562-4101