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Sept. 11 celebrity stair climb event this Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013

TUCSON — Premier Auto Center of Tucson will be the major sponsor of this year’s Tucson9/11 Memorial Celebrity Stair Climb For The Fallen, on Aug. 24. Arizona local celebrities will make an exhausting physical tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The stair climb will be held at the Bank of the West building, located at 5151 E. Broadway. Starting at 8 a.m., celebrities will climb the 17 floors, two times in full gear to pay tribute to firefighters who died selflessly on 9/11, and every day, throughout our country. The celebrity climb is a mini version of the firefighter event held on Sept. 15.

As a second generation volunteer firefighter, Scott Lehman, the owner of Premier Auto Center, and major sponsor of the event, understands the selflessness required to be a firefighter.

“I want to support our firefighters in remembering those that fought the fire, saved lives, but lost theirs,” said Lehman.

“The reason I have chosen to sponsor this event in a big way, is because it is for a great cause and I think it’s time that we remind the community and raise awareness of the service that our local firefighters provide to us every day. I think we sometimes take for granted the fact that these dedicated people come to our aid when we need them, even when it means putting their own lives in danger,” ssaid Lehman, of Premier Auto Center.

“We want Tucson residents to come out to the Climb and see their local firefighters in action. Witness the physical and mental drive it takes to be a firefighter. It’s going to be a fun and exciting event too, so bring the whole family. We invite Tucson’s local TV and radio personalities to join us in a celebrity climb. We’re also developing some other fun ways our local citizens can experience the excitement of making the climb. There will be food, music and activities. So come out and support these firefighters in their efforts and help them raise money to help the families of the fallen. We have 19 Arizona firefighters who have fallen. Their families need us to help,” said Lehman.

To make donations to support this great cause, go to www.climb4thefallen.com and click on the donate tab on the home page or swing by Premier Auto at 1355 W. Wetmore and donate in person.

In association with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF), the Tucson 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will raise funds to assist the families of the Fallen lost during 9/11 and most recently, the 19 Arizona firefighters lost during the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by Congress in 1992. The mission of the Foundation is to honor and remember America's fallen fire service heroes, and to provide necessary resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding of their lives.

For the complete article see the 08-22-2013 issue.

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