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The Rockaway Times
Locals to Climb
110-Stories for 9/11
By Katie McFadden
On September 11, 2001, 343
firefighters were among those
killed in the World Trade
Center as they made the climb
up the 110-story buildings to
try to save those trapped in-
side. Eighteen of those were
locals. Several local residents
will be making a 110-story
climb in tribute to those who
were lost that day, and for the
approximately 100 firefighters
that die each year across the
country, as part of the 2nd An-
nual National Stair Climb for
Fallen Firefighters.
On Saturday, October 29, a
group of locals will come to-
gether as Team RBNY-18 to
climb 2,200 stairs, the equiva-
lent of 110 stories, at CitiField
in Flushing. The group will
climb in honor of the 18 local
firefighters from the area who
died on 9/11 including Lt. Jo-
seph Agnello, FF Eric Allen,
FF Richard Allen, FF Stephen
Belson, Capt. Frank Callahan,
FF Gerard Dewan, Lt. Kevin
Dowdell, 1st Dep Comm. Wil-
liam Feehan, FF John Heffer-
nan, Capt. Walter Hynes, FM
Vincent Kane, FF Henry Miller
JR., Chief JohnMoran, FF Kevin
O'Rourke, FF Michael Roberts,
FF Stephen Russell, FF Daniel
Suhr, and FF Eugene Whelan.
The climb also serves as a
fundraiser, with all proceeds
going to the FDNY Counseling
Services Unit and the National
Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Team RBNY-18 participated in
the first National Stair Climb
last year and raised $3,500,
making them the second high-
est fundraising team for the
event. This year, they hope to
exceed that and come out on
top. “We were beaten out by
Nyack FD last year and it was
all in good fun, but this year
we want to be number one to
honor these heroes from Rock-
away,” local firefighter and
Team RBNY-18 member John
Burke said. As we go to press,
Team RBNY-18 is currently the
top team, having raised more
than $2,000 so far.
Burke personally knows the
importance of helping out
these organizations. “I wanted
to get involved with this event
because the money raised goes
to The National Fallen Fire-
fighter Foundation and the
FDNY Counseling Unit. I want-
ed to give back to the Coun-
seling Unit because I know
firsthand how much they do
for firefighters and their fam-
ilies. When my wife was sick
and hospitalized, they made
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