Sunsphere Once Again Site for 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Sunsphere Once Again Site for 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb

Posted: 08/11/2015
911 Memorial Stair ClimbOnce again, the City of Knoxville, SERVPRO® of Rocky Hill/Sequoyah Hills/South Knoxville, and Visit Knoxville are proud to bring the NFFF Knoxville Memorial Stairclimb back to Knoxville's iconic Sunsphere.

Participants will climb the stairs of the Sunsphere and surrounding steps equivalent to the 110 stories of the World Trade Center honoring the 343 FDNY Firefighters who gave their lives on September 11th 2001, while saving the lives of hundreds of people. Please join us Saturday, September 5th 2015, at the Knoxville Sunsphere as we pay tribute.

The public is encouraged to attend this free memorial to support those climbing. Participants will be visible from the ground as they climb the 27 floors of the Sunsphere. At this event, some firefighters choose to climb in full bunker gear which weighs approximately 75 lbs.

"This is an opportunity for us all to remember those who gave their lives on September 11th and recognize the service and dedication of all of our emergency responders," stated Mayor Madeline Rogero.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Their mission is to provide educational resources to help prevent line-of-duty deaths for first responders.

"Last year's event was profound, incredibly moving and meaningful. When the bagpipes began playing, the first responders started their climb of remembrance. They are climbing the Sunsphere in honor of those who gave their lives for this country," said Kristina Greenway, Co-Owner of SERVPRO® of Rocky Hill/Sequoyah Hills/South Knoxville.

Registration for participants is exclusive to first responders 18 years old and up. http://bit.ly/1LltTme

(First Responders include; Firefighters, Police, EMS, Volunteer Rescue, and Active/Retired Military - all branches).