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Richmond Va 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Update

We are less than a month away from the Richmond Va 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the memory of the 343 firemen who were murdered in the World Trade Center 10 years ago.
Here is a letter from Lt. Mike Oprandy from the City of Richmond Fire Department and the Event Coordinator:
Thank you for registering for the Richmond
Memorial Stair Climb.  We are currently at 150 firefighters signed up for the
climb and each day a few more are added.
We are less than a month away and you know
what that means………….RALLY TIME!!!!!!
Here is my challenge to you:  All you have
to do is get one more person to get on board and register for the
climb
.  If each of us gets just one more fellow brother to register
we can fill this thing up to the 343.
How awesome would that be, to have 343
Firefighter from around the state, in the state Capitol, climbing together for
the 10th Anniversary of Septmber 11th. 
So far I give props to Newport News Fire
Department.  Per capita, they are representing the most and Chesterfield County
Fire is a close second.  I have not seen anyone from the largest fire department
in the State.  Come on Fairfax, where are you???  If anyone has contacts in
Fairfax County please call them.  I sent a flyer out to them through thier
PIO.
Anyway, please do everything you can to
help spread the word.  Send emails out to your departments with the link to sign
up (here it is)  http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=981020
Call your surrounding companies and departments and start talking some trash,
let’s fill this thing!!
Also, please feel free to send out the
attached flyer to everyone you know in the FD.  It is restricted to
Firefighters/EMS personnel only.
Email me with any questions [email protected]
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Ok folks so here is the deal, while 150 is good it is not good enough!!! In my department alone there are 600 firefighters! Between the big 4 Metro Richmond Departments (Richmond, Henrico,Chesterfield, and Hanover) there is almost 2,000 firefighters and that is not including the smaller Tri Cities area of Hopewell, Petersburg, and Colonial Heights! Bottom line is this showing is unacceptable for all of the firefighters we have in this area.
This event is about something bigger than you, bigger than your fire department, it is showing remembrance for our fallen brothers in the single greatest loss of life in the fire services history.
If you still are not sure here is a link to my thoughts of the Stair Climb I witnessed at FDIC 2011 http://averagejakeff.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/fdic-2011-review/
Here is also a link to the video of the Firehouse Expo Stair Climb (Sorry the embedding site I use is down today) http://youtu.be/JU-wQuqVwWU
Remember IT IS NOT A RACE!! It is a tribute, a tribute to show that you will never forget the sacrifice that the 343 made so that we could live one day longer in this world. In shape, out of shape, it doesn’t matter. If it takes you 30 mins, or 3 hours that you finish is all that’s important.
If you feel like being in shape matters for this event then, tweet me (@averagejakeff), email me, or put your contact info in the comments section and I will come train with you. It is not to late to get in decent shape for this.
This will probably not be the last Stair Climb event, but there is only one 10 year anniversary, and trust me if you miss it you will be feeling the same kind of regret that I had when I watched the FDIC 2011 Stair Climb. If you are truly a firemen and not just someone who works in the fire department then you should not let this pass.
So this is a call out to all of you guys wearing the tshirts, claiming to fight what others fear, wearing those FDNY t-shirts, all of you who said that you would never forget the sacrifice that was made, it is now time to put up or shut up! Go to the website here:http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=981020 and sign up today!
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!

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