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$12,000 Raised in Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Photos from second annual Salt River IAFF Local 2280 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.

Each step that firefighter Mark Peveto took at Salt River Fields recently was a reminder for him to never forget the tragedy of 9/11.

Peveto, a member of the Mesa Hotshots, was one of about 100 people to participate in the second annual Salt River IAFF Local 2260 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Participants, many dressed in firefighter gear, including Peveto, climbed the stadium rows at the baseball field in honor of the New York City firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services workers who lost their lives on 9/11. The September 11, 2016, stair climb raised $12,000, most of which will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The stair climb equaled 110 stories, the height of the two World Trade Center towers.

“I don’t want to let myself forget it,” Peveto said. “I think it’s important to not forget because that was a solemn day in America.”

Firefighters from Salt River, Phoenix, the Gila River Indian Community and other Valley public safety departments participated.