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September 4, 2012
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9/11 Memorial Climb | Running stairs for fallen brothers

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sacramento area firefighters invited all sworn firefighters to participate in Sacramento's annual 9/11 Memorial Climb. This event is being held to honor the 343 Firefighters of FDNY who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Members from the Squaw Valley Fire Department will travel to Sacramento to participate.

“For most people, 9/11 is about a day of incredible tragedy due to terrorism. But for me, it is about the sacrifice, bravery, and courage of the FDNY. They lost 343 members in the collapse of the towers. We see images of all the people running away from the towers, meanwhile, firefighters are willingly advancing into the buildings, not just because ‘it is our job,' it is because we are willing to put ourselves between danger and the people who need help, even when facing impossible odds,” said Squaw Valley's Travis Smith, firefighter and paramedic. “As a firefighter, I think we all want to pay our respect to our fallen brothers and their families on this day and I think this event in Sacramento is a great way to honor them.”

This year's Climb will be held at the “Renaissance Tower” located in downtown Sacramento at 0800, Tuesday, Sept. 11. Participants will place the name of a fallen brother (over their own name) on the back of their turnout coat and carry it 110 floors to the roof. All proceeds from this event will benefit the FDNY Widows and Orphans Fund.

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This year's 9/11 Memorial run will be a 5K run walk and 10K, starting at 9:11 on Sunday, Sept. 9, and wind through downtown Sacramento. Firefighters, law enforcement officers, friends, family, everyone is invited to register for the 9/11 Memorial 5K Walk run and 10K. For more information visit

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 11, 2012 11:04AM Published Sep 4, 2012 02:41PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.