More than 400 first responders from around the world participated in the 4th Annual New York City Memorial Stair Climb. Our foundation was honored to be the 2018 fundraising beneficiary. Thank you all!
We were ready to share our mission with the 400+ first responders before they walked over to 3 World Trade Center to climb 80 fights.
They also came from Spain for the NYC Memorial Stair Climb. Bradley Reppert (Engine 40 / Ladder 35) and Craig Paupst (RPF President & Engine 40 / Ladder 35) met this first responder who honored FF John Chipura of Engine 219.
Meet Luca Pison and Jonathan Lentini. They are the first firefighters from Italy to come do the climb. Luca, Chris Barber (NYC Stair Climb), Craig Paupst (RPF) and Jonathan talked helmets, turnout coats and more. Jonathan climbed in honor of Lt. Robert B. Nagel of Engine 58. Luca represented represented FF John Patrick Tierney of Ladder 9.
Meet Brett Sost. He’s a volunteer firefighter with the New Egypt Fire Company in New Jersey. He climbed for FF Dana Hannon (Engine 26) and FF Andrew Brunn (Ladder 5).
Meet Touché Howard of the Durham Fire Department. We thank him for honoring FF Joseph Maffeo of Ladder 101.
Chief Larry Whithorn, his wife Laura, and Chief Segalla came to NYC from the West Covina Fire Department in California. Chief W climbed in honor of of Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly from Ladder Company 3.
Everyone gathered at the 9/11 Memorial South Reflecting Pool for a moment of silence in the 90+ degree temps.
Our first responders also honored FDNY Lt. Christopher Raguso who was killed while deployed in Iraq earlier this year. #TeamGoose
After he finished climbing in honor of Captain Brian Hickey (Rescue 4), Matt Gillmore popped the question to Alysha. Matt’s a firefighter in Parkertown, NJ. He’s deaf, has a cochlear implant and is also a motivational speaker. (Of course she said, "YES!”)
Meet Captain Ramona Mansfield of the Avon Fire Department in Avon, CT and Firefighter Ken Boudreau of the Simsbury Fire Department in Simsbury, CT. She’s a first time NYC climber and he’s a fourth timer. Ramona proudly wore the name of Lt. Philip Petti (Battalion 7). Ken climbed in honor of Captain Daniel Brethel (Ladder 24).
FF Chris Lazenby came to NYC from the UK. He even hiked through Snowdon in North Wales, while wearing his full gear, to train for the climb. All his prep came in handy because he climbed TWICE! Chris honored Battalion Chief John Moran of Battalion 49 and FF Robert Evans of Engine 33.
After her climb, Amy met Wendi & Sal Turturici along with some of the Rollin Fire members from Staten Island.
We can always count on Amy Freeze of ABC7 NY to show up and support The Ray Pfeifer Foundation. She even climbed the 80 flights at 3 World Trade Center as a member of the media. Her time was great too!
Our RPF President Craig Paupst congratulated NYC Memorial Stair Climb Cofounder Chris Barber after he climbed the 80 flights.