Tim Hartz, Instructional Support Associate with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), participated in the Missouri Division of Fire Safety Stair Climb on Sunday, September 10, 2017, in Jefferson City, MO.
A stair climb is held by various organizations across the country to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The Missouri Division of Fire safety hosted the memorial event at the Jefferson Office Building in the State Capital. The event also raised money for the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation that provides assistance to the families of firefighters who have died in the Line of Duty. Over 150 individuals from across Missouri participated in the Stair Climb event on Sunday, including Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and State Fire Marshal Tim Bean.
Each participant climbs 110 stories while wearing a picture name tag commemorating one of the firefighters that lost their life in the attacks. Tim carried six of his fallen brothers with him: Michael Montesi, Rescue 1; Andrew Desperito, Engine 1; Gary Box, Squad 1; Ronald Bucca, Manhattan Base; William Lake, Rescue 2; and Andrew Brunn, Ladder 5.
"It was a privilege to climb for the fallen firefighters of 9/11 and help raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation." Tim said. The funds collected from this event will help survivors and work to help reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Hartz is also a volunteer firefighter with the Boone County Fire Protection District.
MU FRTI was one of the sponsors of the event. MU FRTI is a unit of MU Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. The Institute provides training to approximately 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.