Local firefighters to honor 9-11 Fallen
PADUCAH, Ky. - For the past few weeks, firefighters at Station 1 have been hitting the gym and climbing the 'Stair Master.' In the weeks ahead, seven men will be climbing 112 stories to honor fallen brothers lost on September 11.
Tim Kirkham became a firefighter after 9-11 and organized six others to make the '9-11 Memorial Stair Climb' next month in Nashville. Firefighters from across the country are challenged to climb the very same number of stories those firefighters did.
For those participating, wearing 70 pounds of gear is optional. Kirkham says his men didn't see it as an option.
"All the guys here said, 'Of course I'm going to wear my equipment.' We're climbing in honor of them, we feel like we ought to be fully geared up as they were."
Each stair, Robbie Greif says will be a victory in honor of a hero.
"They pin a downed firefighters name on your gear. I'm not running as Robbie Greif, I'm running as someone else."
That someone else he says is a brother he never met, but will never forget.
"It will be an emotional trip," he admitted.
All funds raised on September 8 will go to the families of fallen firefighters. For those interested in helping, checks can be made out to 'The Fallen Firefighters Association.'
Checks can be sent to the Paducah Fire Department, 301 Washington Street, Paducah, Ky, 42001. Online donations can be made by clicking here.