I was a little slow this week in editing the video I shot for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at Sunday's 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Greenbelt, Maryland. But it is finally here. Thanks to all of those who volunteered some long hours to put these climbs together across the country. Gloria Lowe and Kellie Bornman, with support from PGFD, were in charge of this one.
My experience in attending (notice I said "attending") four of these climbs since March is that it is a really positive way to remember the 343 from FDNY who were killed ten-years-ago. Many of the firefighters (and the public in some cases, like Greenbelt) who I have talked with after these events are all ready to do it again next year.
The stair climbs, which raise money for NFFF, would not have occurred if not for the ideas and leadership of a group of firefighters who have expanded this nationally and even internationally. They are Oren Bersagel-Briese, Brian Brush, Shawn Duncan, Scott Eckels and Josh Smith. Keeping all of this straight at NFFF (as he does for so many projects) is Billy Hinton. Normally behind the scenes, Billy makes a cameo in the video above.
Also, a special thanks to Zach Green at MN8 Products who very quickly produced and quietly sent along 343 of his illuminating helmet bands to the climbers in Greenbelt. They were each numbered and dated to mark the event. Number one was presented to Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Chief Marc Bashoor, who climbed on Sunday.