photos courtesy of Paul Savage

Online registration has opened for the San Diego 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb, a competition in which participants climb 110 floors in honor of the FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The annual event, held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, is sponsored by FirefighterAid, a local nonprofit organization that provides assistance to firefighters and their widows and orphans.

2012_9-11_Memorial_Stairclimb_(466)All members of the public are welcome to participate, join in patriotic festivities or make a donation in support of firefighters and their families. Climbers will gather at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel on the morning of the event. Each participant will receive a badge and photo to honor the memories of the 412 first-responders who died on 9-11.

“Last year’s stair climb was a tremendous success,” said Robert Bunsold, Firefighter and board member of FirefighterAid. “The outpouring of support was so profound that we have doubled the number of participants for the 12th anniversary event.” To register or for more information, visit