Make it a Goal This Year to Climb for Our Fallen Brothers

This year, every firefighter should make it a goal to climb in a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb event. I plan on climbing again this year at FDIC, but if you can’t make that one there are many more. This year, I am climbing for Lt. Brian G. Ahearn. I wrote about it here. In the past, I have climbed for Firefighter Andrew A. Fredericks (squad 18), Firefighter Ruben D. Correa (engine 74), Martin McWilliams (engine 22), Firefighter Durrell V. Pearsall (rescue 4), Firefighter Frank J. Bonomo (engine 230), Firefighter Karl H. Joseph (engine 207), Raymond York (engine 285), and Firefighter Joseph Agnello (ladder 118). Read more about what I have written about the climbs in the past here.

As of this writing, there are still 241 spots open just to get to 343. Don’t worry though, more than 343 can climb. You can also sign up at FDIC to climb.

Each 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is unique. Each venue is different, each committee is different. I have heard great things from the Climbs all over the Nation and abroad.

Proceeds from the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which helps the families and co-workers of fallen firefighters.

This year at FDIC, they have added an additional incentive. Not only do you get to climb for one of the Fallen Brothers of 9/11, you will also receive a special limited edition challenge coin designed by Paul Combs and generously donated by

If you would like to see if there is a climb near you, visit Currently, there are climbs planned in  DC, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Look for more to be planned in the future, or you can even look here for info on planning your own local Stair Climb.

To register for the FDIC climb, visit

Be sure to also connect with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation on Facebook here.