CATHEDRAL CITY — As the 18-year anniversary of 9/11/01 approaches, Cathedral City firefighters are taking an active role in making sure they never forget those who devoted their lives to saving others and perished in the process.

They will climb to never forget the 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD, and 37 Port Authority fallen heroes.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, a team of Cathedral City firefighters and dispatchers will climb 110 flights of stairs to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Sept. 11th. This will be the team’s fifth year of participation in the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. The climb takes place at Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Last year, about 25 Cathedral City firefighters participated. This year, Fire Engineer Corey Goddard said he’s hoping for more. He is hoping this year to get some Cathedral City Police to join.

“I do the event to help raise funds for firefighter aid, to help with camaraderie, and as a physical challenge for myself,” Goddard told Uken Report. “It’s a good physical and mental workout. Most of us work out on a regular basis, so we don’t add anything to train for the event.”

The Memorial Stair Climb sells out at 1,300 participants. Each climber selects one of the first responders who died on 9/11 to honor during the climb as a way to never forget. Firefighters from around the world participate.

Never forget that not all Firefighters go home at the end of their workday.

This event aims to raise $200,000 for firefighters and their families in distress. Cathedral City firefighters are up for the challenge. They seek your help in helping them in achieving their fundraising goal – and never forget.

This may seem like a lot, but that’s $110 for each one of the 1,300 climbers participating in the event.

If you would like to support the Cathedral City firefighters and never forget, click here.

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