On March 19th 2017, more than 400 first responders representing the 23 NYPD, 37 PAPD and 343 FDNY ascended the 72 floors of 4 World Trade Center in the 3rd Annual New York City Memorial Stair Climb. While each first responder climbs in honor of one of the over 400 FDNY, NYPD and PAPD killed on September 11th 2001, the climb also memorializes fallen first responders and military personnel worldwide.
One Beat CPR + AED’s Rick Cook, retired Chief of Coral Gables Fire Department, Daniel Cook of the Hollywood Fire Department, and Jeff Cook, also from the Coral Gables Fire Department, went to NYC for the stair climb. Each climbed for a specific firefighter who died in 9/11.
The New York City Memorial Stair Climb is foremost a memorial climb; however, each year they designate a beneficiary and mount a fundraising campaign for the organization. The climb also taps into firefighters’ competitive spirit. Climbers have the option to enter as a racer and be timed against other climbers as an individual or part of a team.
The NYC Memorial Stair Climb proudly supports Friends of Firefighters and The 9/11 Tribute Center as its 2017 beneficiaries.
Friends of Firefighters is dedicated to addressing the physical, mental health, and wellness needs of New York City’s firefighters and their families. Our ongoing mission is to provide long-term support and services through confidential counseling, wellness services, and other assistance required by firefighters and their families.
The 9/11 Tribute Center invites visitors to share personal stories of the 9/11 community – family members who lost loved ones, survivors, first responders and rescue workers, civilian volunteers, and community residents whose healing is a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit.