Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Climb to Honor 9-11 Responders

San Diego, CA -


A team of Lakeside firefighters were among several hundred firefighters, police officers, and civilians who participated in The San Diego 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb on September 3, 2011, at the Bayfront Hilton hotel. The event, which was hosted by the San Diego Fireman's Relief Association, is one of many held nationwide to honor both the responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Each participant committed to climb a total of 110 stories (the height of the twin towers in Manhattan) in honor of one of the 343 FDNY firefighters, 23 NYPD, and 37 Port Authority police officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty that day.

The pre-climb ceremony included a presentation of colors by the Chula Vista Fire Department Color Guard and traditional music by the San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society pipes and drums.

The event was also a fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and San Diego-based charity FirefighterAid.

 Lakeside firefighters consider it an honor to participate in such an important event and we ask that, as the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks approaches, everyone take some time to reflect on the events of that day and the sacrifices that were made. Above all, let's NEVER FORGET!

Our team climbed in honor of the following 9-11 responders:

FF John A. Schardt, Engine 201; FF Thomas W. Kelly, Ladder 15; PM Ricardo J. Quinn, EMS Battalion 57; FF Lincoln Quappe, Rescue 2; FF Robert W. Spear, Engine 26; Lt. Peter L Freund, Engine 55; Capt. Frank J. Callahan, Ladder 35; FF Lawrence Veling, Engine 235; Lt. Michael T. Quilty, Ladder 11; FF Michael Montesi, Rescue 1; FF Paul Ruback, Ladder 25.

From left, Lakeside Firefighters Bernie Molloy, Scott Culkin, Marc Poynter, Jon Jordan, Chuck Palmore, Beto Lawler, and Ian Lowe

Lakeside's team finishing strong!

Firefighter's kids  join us for an after-climb photo.

We climbed in memory of the 9-11 responders.

Story Submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by:  Anna Lowe and Jennifer Molloy

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  1. It was an honor to climb those flights of stairs with all those firefighters on September 03. It was more of an honor to have the support of Scott supporting me up those flight of stairs and to do the event with all those around.

    Thanks for everything I will hopefully have a dedicated YouTube video up in the next week or so.

    Timothy G Schott

  2. Thanks for climbing in memory of my husband. It really means a lot to me.