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Sanatoga, Royersford Firefighters Join Climb

Firefighters ascend stairs in Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster (above) during an earlier climb

LANCASTER PA – Volunteers from the Sanatoga Fire Company and Royersford Fire Department will spend next Sunday (Sept. 13, 2015) from 8 a.m. until noon in Lancaster, climbing the equivalent of 110 stories of stairs to honor 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City during 2001.

The 2015 Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a fund-raising event conducted under the auspices of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. It will benefit the counseling services unit of the Fire Department of New York, as well as foundation programs for families of firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Among participating teams in Lancaster, according to the foundation, are climbers representing the Sanatoga company, consisting of Eric Linsenbigler and Michael Quinn; and the Royersford department, consisting of James Weber, Amy Bernstiel, Christy Brown, Lenny Brown, Chas Chell, Jordan Knarr, Christopher Thomson Jr.

  • Watch a video (above) describing the Lancaster climb, or see it at the Vimeo channel of BNProducers, here.

Climbers will start inside Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., at 9:30 a.m., weaving up and down stadium stairs five times for the equivalent of 110 stories. The climb stops twice, at 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., to commemorate the collapse of each tower.

Many will endure the climb just as their brothers and sisters did 14 years ago, in full gear and carrying implements or equipment.

Each climber will carry a photo of a New York City firefighter who died Sept. 11, 2001. The participants’ completion of the climb symbolizes that their fallen FDNY firefighters have completed their mission, and reached the top of the World Trade Towers where civilians were waiting to be rescued, the Lancaster website added.

All individual climbers involved, and their respective teams, are accepting donations to the foundation for their efforts. Those interested can donate to the Sanatoga team here, and to the Royersford team here.

Photo from BN Producers via Vimeo

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