Grass Valley firefighters at the 9/11 343 NYFD Memorial Climb

Photo courtesy Michelle Scarafiotti
Photo courtesy Michelle Scarafiotti

SACRAMENTO,  Calif. September 11, 2017 – Members of the Grass Valley Fire Department once again took part in the 9/11 343 NYFD Memorial Climb in Sacramento today. Firefighters in full turnout gear climbed the “Renaissance Tower” located at 801 K Street in downtown Sacramento in memory of 343 New York Fire Department firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Reader Michelle Scarafiotti shared these pictures with us, stating “Every year our brave men and women get together to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes. I’m so proud of my husband Anthony Scarafiotti and Grass Valley FD. This year my husband carried the name of Philip Petti. Everyone carried a name to the top, I’m so proud of all of them. Good job as always, Grass Valley FD  – NEVER FORGET.”

Photo courtesy Michelle Scarafiotti
Photo courtesy Michelle Scarafiotti

368 firefighters began the climb at 8 am this morning, ascending the stairs in full turnout gear. The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) weighs about 45 lbs.

According to Sac911Climb, “The Renaissance Tower is 29 Stories tall. We will be making a total of four ascents. Three will go from the basement to the 26th floor, and the final ascent will go from the basement to the roof, bringing the total to 110.”

More information about the Sacramento Memorial Climb and opportunities to donate can be found here: http://www.sac911climb.com/#/home/