HFD Participates in Second Annual Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

The Hendersonville Fire Department participated in the second annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb held at the Tennessee Tower in downtown Nashville.

We were able to send 28 firefighters this year to represent our department.  All funds raised go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.







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.  After completing the climb, each firefighter rang the fire bell and called out the name of the FDNY firefighter they were representing.

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.


Front Row - Left  to Right:  Buford Duke, Brian Fann, Tony Wyrick

Second Row - Left to Right:  Keith Emerton, Chase Judkins, Ethan Duncan, Jeff Webb, Scotty Bush,

Kenny Armstrong, Les Waggoner, Justin Griggs, George Edwards, Gabe Hannah

Back Row - Left to Right:  Quinton Lee, Chris Gonzales, Jamie Cossler, Andy Cook, Travis Kimmons,

Jeremy Akin, Jonathan Hall, David Osborne, Ryan Miller, David Thompson, Nate Renzella, Keith Binkley

Not Pictured:  Chris Bellavia, Shane Nolan, Tyler Harvey







The The firefighters below have finished their climb, rang the fire bell and are announcing the name of the FDNY firefighter they were climbing for:


Fire Inspector Nate Renzella, Senior Firefighter Keith Emerton, Division Chief Les Waggoner 


Senior Firefighter Gabe Hannah, Firefighter Jonathan Hall, Firefighter Chase Judkins


Firefighter Chris Gonzales, Firefighter Andy Cook, Firefighter Tyler Harvey


Firefighter Travis Kimmons, Firefighter Shane Nolan, Firefighter Keith Binkley


Firefighter David Osborne, Division Chief Kenny Armstrong, Senior Firefighter David Thompson


Senior Firefighter Brian Fann, Firefighter Ryan Miller, Firefighter Buford Duke


Captain George Edwards, Firefighter Jeremy Akin, Captain Scotty Bush


Captain Jamie Cossler, Firefighter Ethan Duncan





Supporters watching the closed-circuit camera in the stairwell







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