Niagara first responders raise over $3k in 20th anniversary 9/11 step challenge

Posted 28 September 2021 at 1:15 pm

Press Release, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Niagara County Emergency Services, hosted a first responder step challenge on Sept. 11, 2021 – the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

First responders from Niagara County and beyond gathered at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, descending into the gorge and walking a total of 1,980 steps which is equivalent to climbing 110 stories. These numbers signify the climb for many first responders into the World Trade Center on that horrific day.

With over 250 participants, proceeds raised from T-shirt sales and registration totaled $3,383 and will be donated to “tunnel to towers,” a 9/11 specific charity.

“Terrorists took much from us on that day, but there’s one thing they could not take from us; our resolve, our strength and our commitment to duty,” said Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti. “The first responder step challenge on 9/11 was a fitting tribute and I can’t tell you how proud I am to be the sheriff of Niagara County, and how proud I am of all of the first responders who came out to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. thank you to all those who participated and supported this great cause. we will never forget.”