Hendersonville Fire Department Participates in

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb









The inaugural Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was held the morning of Saturday, September 11, 2010 at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place building in downtown Nashville, TN.

The stair climb was chosen for two reasons:
1.  FDNY Firefighters at the Twin Towers on 9/11/01 had to climb the stairs of the 110 story buildings in order to rescue and evacuate people and to reach the fire floors.
2.  A commitment to Firefighter and community safety through physical fitness and training.

The 343 Firefighters participating in the event wore full gear (from 60 to 80 pounds) and was climbing for someone specifically.  Each climber was given a badge to wear with the name and photograph of one of the FDNY members killed on 9/11/01.

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way for Firefighters to participate in a special event together to show each other and the rest of the world that the sacrifice made by fellow Firefighters will never be forgotten. It also is a way of supporting our fallen Brothers as 100% of the proceeds from Registration Fees go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The Hendersonville Fire Department was honored to send eight of our firefighters to participate in this event.
Chief Steele said the response from firefighters in his department wanting to participate in the Nashville event was overwhelming.  “We had so many guys who wanted to participate, we had to choose,” he said. Steele said he had to limit the number of participants the city could send because each department had to bring its own gear and equipment.  “They made Hendersonville proud.”

L to R:  Keith Emerton, Quinton Lee, Andy Cook, Jamie Cossler,

Chris Bellavia (kneeling) Justin Griggs, Travis Kimmons and Shane Nolan





Climbing for our fallen FDNY brothers








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