Siren firefighters Paul Cornelison, Jack Taylor, and John Dalsveen traveled to Lambeau Field early Saturday morning to climb the stadium steps in remembrance of the 343 firefighters that gave their lives in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001.
Along with nearly 3,000 participants, they broke the climb into separate waves with 343 climbers in each round. The climbers wore badges with the names of the fallen firefighters, and as they reached the final steps they would ring a bell and shout the name on their badge. This happened at the equivalent of the 78th floor of the World Trade Center towers – the highest floor the firefighters reached on 9/11. “It was challenging but hearing the sound of the bell ringing non-stop gave me the energy to keep pushing forward so that I could get there and ring it, too.” said Dalsveen.
The event raised over $110,000 dollars that will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support the families of fallen firefighters.
For more information on how to participate in this event next year, visit http://www.piercemfg.com/climb.