SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of people prepared Saturday morning to climb San Diego’s 9/11 Memorial Staircase at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel to remember the courage and sacrifice of first responders.
Among those who participated were members of the FOX 5 team, who teamed up to climb 110 flights of stairs, the same number at the World Trade Center, named after a first responder who lost his life that day.
The climb raises funds for Firefighter Aid, a San Diego nonprofit organization that helps firefighters and their families in need.
“I think the fire service is about giving back, returning the favor,” Kevin Melanson of the San Diego Fire Department told FOX 5. “The fire service has given so much to me and my family, and the Relief Association has. much for my family, this is the least I can do.
“Every year, I’ve been here in the same capacity as the stage manager, motivating people to get ready for the climb. Some people are here for the first time and aren’t quite sure what to expect. And then people come back year after year and it’s really remarkable to see the faces that come back, and they come up to me and thank me for being here. It’s been a pleasure and it’s great to give back.”
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