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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K Walk/Run is this Saturday

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, PGFD Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us     Twitter: @PGFDPIO

The events of September 11, 2001, have left us with memories and images that will be forever remembered.  Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day including 343 firefighters.  That day changed America.   People remember and memorialize the anniversary of these attacks in many different ways. 

For the past 4 years the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has held an event on or near the date of September 11.  Personnel have climbed 110 stories (symbolic of the number of stories of the World Trade Center).   9/11 Stair Climbs and the 5K walk/run events serve as a memorial to the 343 Firefighters that made the ultimate sacrifice that day.  These events are open to both firefighters and civilians alike! Both groups come together to help us honor and remember the brave firefighters who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001.

Each participant registers for a nominal fee of $30.  All proceeds from this event go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).  The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.

The first 343 people to register and participate in the climb or walk will receive lunch, a numbered challenge coin and a polo shirt.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

The Stair Climb and 5K walk/run will be held again at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.  The cooperative efforts between the Fire/EMS Department, Gaylord National Resort and the NFFF have been phenomenal and the results will be clearly evident on the day of the event.

Everyone is invited to attend to participate or just enjoy the companionship of others.  To pre-register click here.

WHAT:           Stair Climb and 5K Walk/Run in Honor of 9/11

WHEN:           Saturday, September 13, 2014, registration opens 7:00am, events start at 8:00am

WHERE:         Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Convention Center Entrance (near the Pineapple Fountain). 

WHO:             Over 400 pre-registered climbers and walkers, members of public safety from across the National Capital Region, elected and civic leaders, members of the NFFF, Gaylord National Resort management and staff and many other family, friends and guests.  

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