The second annual Lynchburg, Virginia 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a memorial event to remember the fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as a fundraiser to support both local and national charities that honor, serve and protect the men and women of the fire service and survivors of tragedy.
The stair climb is for anyone who wants to participate. It is organized as a cooperative effort between the Fire Foundation, Inc., of Lynchburg, VA, the Central Virginia Fire Fighters Association, and The National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. It is a 110 story climb that will be achieved by climbing, five and a half times, the 20 story Bank of the James building on Main Street in downtown Lynchburg. This is not a race. Family and/or team participation is strongly encouraged. For some people this may be an emotional event where they focus on sharing the experience some of the men and women of FDNY had on their final call to duty. It is a moment to remember what these fine heroes went through in their final hours doing whatever it took so that others may have lived. For others, it may simply be a challenge to complete a 110 story climb as a personal goal, similar to completing their first 5K. Either way, 100% of the net proceeds of this event will be used to honor the commitment of the lost fire fighters of New York City both locally and across the nation.
50% of the net proceeds will go straight to the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation to support a psychological and behavioral unit for victims of the World Trade Center attacks which remains a huge necessity for survivors and families of New York City Fire Fighters. The remaining 50% of the net proceeds will be used by The Fire Foundation, Inc. to construct a flashover simulator at the Central Virginia Emergency Services Training Center to help area firefighters identify and mitigate potentially life threatening fire conditions. This training will make our responders safer, more proficient, and more mentally equipped to perform in real-world conditions.
These organizations are both registered 501(c)(3) non-profits, and rely heavily on this funding to accomplish their missions.