You may have noticed Franklin Firefighters climbing up and down the stairs of the 2nd Avenue and 4th Avenue parking garages this summer. They’ve been preparing for the inaugural Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb this Saturday, September 11 at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place building.
More than 20 Franklin Firefighters are part of a group of 343 firefighters from across the country who will participate in the event. Wearing 70 pounds of gear, they will climb 110 stories in memory of the 343 New York City firefighters who died in the twin towers on September 11, 2001. Each participant will climb in honor of a firefighter who perished, wearing a badge with the name and photograph of that individual.
“We started training for this event before registration opened,” said Franklin Fire Captain Tom Chaffin, who explained that the event is a fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He said, “As soon as we heard about it we knew we wanted to participate.”
Chaffin said that he and his crew from Fire Station 1 have climbed 40-90 flights of stairs two to three days each week since May, and they’ve climbed 110 flights of steps at least once. “We’re all looking forward to it,” said Chaffin.
The mission of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. For more information please visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website.