Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
Starting at 5am, a total of ten (10) Yuma Fire Department firefighters held the first of what they hope will become an annual stair climb event. Each participant climbed a 3 story burn tower 37 times for the equivalent of the 110 flights of stairs of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. This was done to honor the 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers who lost their lives on 9/11 while answering the calls for help and climbing flight after flight to the aid of victims of the terrorist attack. This inaugural event was held at the Public Safety Training Facility, 3575 South Avenue 4E.
Another similar tribute began at 9 am when four (4) YFD firefighters ran from Fire Station 3, 508 E. 25th St., to the 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station #1, 353 S. 3rd Ave. Also in honor of those who lost their lives that day. It took them over an hour and they ran in full firefighting gear. Fire Station 3 is the site of this year’s 9/11 flag display and has a flag placed for each firefighter and law enforcement officer who died that day.
It has been 17 years since the attacks occurred. This date will always be a reminder of the innocent victims killed and the heroes lost doing their best to save others. We cannot allow the memory of those ultimate sacrifices to be forgotten. This evening at 6:30 pm -- a brief Memorial Service will be held at the site of the 9/11 Memorial located at YFD’s E.F. Sanguinetti Fire Station No. 1, 353 S. 3rd Avenue.