On Saturday September 23rd 2017, hundreds of firefighters from the greater Philadelphia region climbed the steps at Lincoln Financial Field in the 1st Annual Philadelphia 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K Walk, in remembrance of all the New York Firefighters that lost their life during the September 11th terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. Neumann University alumni and former soccer standout, Jim McFadden (2006-2010) was present at this event.
“Being able to participate in an event that pays homage to fallen heroes is something I believe to be a huge honor,” McFadden stated. Whether it’s first respondents, armed forces personnel or anyone whose served the country their lives should be remembered for the sole purpose of why they gave their lives, To serve and protect. The feeling of brotherhood was on full display through out the entire event. Everyone voiced words of encouragement every step of the way. You could really feel the unity and why everyone was there, it was only a small part of one big family in which the fire service continues to be. I feel it’s my duty to serve not because the number of volunteer firefighters has dropped to an all time low but because as an American I feel that giving back to the community and the country is extremely gratifying and it gives you a sense of belonging. You’re there to provide a service and to provide protection for others. There have been many others who have answered the call and as a way to honor them it’s only right to follow in their footsteps.”
The firefighters in full gear at Lincoln Financial Field were walking up and down the bleachers to simulate the climb many of the fallen never finished. The inaugural 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is an effort to raise money for families of the injured and fallen heroes.