Brian Haas of Union Center Fire Company stated, "We're here today to remember the 343 firefighter deaths the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the deaths that continue to rise due to sickness and cancer... It's great comradery and a great way to remember those that we've lost... Everyone's got everyone's back. We're all there for one another."
"We climb to remember, not just those 343 [Firefighters], but everyone who lost their lives...and...those who are still dealing with the effects," said organizer Chris Mallery of Binghamton Fire Department. The mission of the Memorial Stairclimb in Binghamton is remembrance. "Everybody...has busy lives. It's easy to forget things, and this is not something to forget and we want to make sure that people don't forget. And that's why we do it every year, so that people don't forget."
The Binghamton Memorial Stairclimb had participants from across the Southern Tier and many from within Broome County. Fire Departments were represented from as far as New Jersey. There were participants from Cuba, Hornell, and Circleville, Orange County, New York.
Event support for this event graciously came from Paul Davis, Inc.
Matthew Francis Gawors is a lifelong endurance athlete. He specialized in the 800m in High School and switched to marathons in college. In 2009, he switched over to competing primarily in Triathlons. His passion and goal is to support the Binghamton community by improving their physical, emotional, and financial health through physical fitness events and tourism. He owns the running special store, Confluence Running, has worked as the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services for Broome County, and currently is employed by Binghamton University as the Aquatics Director for Health and Wellness Studies.
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