ATLANTA – The city of Atlanta is joining the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to host a 9/11 stair climb on Saturday, August 29 at 9:10 a.m. at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta.
Participants will climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs, the same number of floors as the World Trade Center. Registration is $35 and the event is open to the public. Outside the honor of representing fallen firefighters, participants will receive t-shirts to commemorate the event.
“The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an opportunity for anyone in the community to remember the 343 courageous responders who lost their lives,” said Bill Hinton, coordinator for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “Our hope is that each firefighter is represented by someone climbing the stairwell of The Westin Peachtree Plaza.”
Proceeds from the stair climb benefit the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Counseling Unit, which offers peer counseling and resources to the survivors of fallen firefighters. In addition, the event helps fund NFFF programs supporting fire service survivors. The stair climb is part of the Fire-Rescue International, an annual International Association of Fire Chiefs conference.
“We’re excited to partner with the NFFF and honored to be the venue chosen to support this stair climb event,” said Ron Tarson, general manager of The Westin Peachtree Plaza. “The NFFF is an ideal group to launch our ‘Climb the Peach’ teambuilding activity.”
To register for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, please visit http://bit.ly/1T8i8R6. For more information on The Westin Peachtree Plaza or to book a meeting, please visit www.westin.com/peachtree.
About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The NFFF also works closely with the fire service to help prevent and reduce line-of-duty deaths and injuries. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit www.firehero.org.