Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lakeside Fire Fighters Climb in Memory of 9-11

San Diego, CA -

September 8, 2012,

A group of Lakeside Fire Fighters joined hundreds of other firefighters and civilians in remembering the events of 9/11 during this year's annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in San Diego. The event, held by the charity Firefighter Aid, includes an opening ceremony honoring the sacrifices made by emergency services personnel and a remembrance of all who died on September 11, 2001. Each person participating in the event climbs with a photo of one of the 343 FDNY firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the twin towers that day.

The first team of firefighters started the 110-story stair climb at 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of the exact time the north tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan was struck. This year's inaugural team was a large group of chief officers from San Diego Fire-Rescue including fire chief Javier Mainar. Lakeside's nine-member team started our climb at 9:32 a.m. and completed the challenge in just over one-hour!

With many very generous donations, our team raised nearly $1000 for FireFighter Aid, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to caring for Firefighters and their families through sickness, distress, and death.

Lakeside Fire Fighters look forward to participating in this challenging and worthwhile event every September.

The 30-story San Diego Bayfront Hilton hosted the event.

Junior Lakeside Firefighter Caleb Zauss looks ready to climb!

Looking fresh after the climb from l, Reserve FF-PM Kyle Zauss, Reserve FF-PM Marc Poynter, FF-PM Danny Leetch, Captain Ian Lowe, Captain Scott Culkin, Captain Beto Lawler, Reserve FF-PM Corey Palmore, Captain Chuck Palmore.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Amanda Zauss

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