Cherokee County Fire
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Cherokee County Firefighters Receive Stair Climb Trophy

September 12, 2018

For the past 11 years on or around September 11th, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and their friends and family from around metro Atlanta have been lacing up their running shoes or turnout boots and climbing 110 flights of stairs - the number of flights in the World Trade Center buildings to remember the ultimate sacrifice paid by 2,977 innocent people in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington in 2001.

This year Home Depot hosted the 110 Flight Stair climb at their corporate offices on Paces Ferry in Cobb County. Upon check in climbers received a lanyard with the name and photograph of a firefighter who lost their life on September 11, 2001. An Opening Ceremony started the climb with Cobb County Hillgrove High School JROTC Honor Guard presenting the colors and a Father/Daughter Bagpipe team. This year’s 2018 Terry Farrell Stair Climb Firefighter Participation Trophy, given to the team with the highest number of participants, went to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, ending Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services’ eleven-year streak. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was represented by Chief Daryl Mitchell, Captain Ric Mitchell, Search and Rescue team members, Fire Recruit school candidates, Fire Explorers from Post #469 and many family and friends.

The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in memory of Terry Farrell, a decorated member of Rescue 4 FDNY and Chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department. Terry, along with 342 of his fire service brothers and sisters, perished on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center Attack. The fund has a goal to assist firefighters and their families across the nation with medical, educational, and equipment needs. They support the firefighters who serve their communities. The fund is operated predominantly by firefighters, along with friends of the fund. They operate on a volunteer basis in order to give back to their firefighting community. They currently have 14 chapters nationwide, of which Georgia is one. This year’s beneficiary of funds raised by the stair climb is a Bartow County Fire Explorer who recently lost his hand in an industrial accident. The brave young man participated in the stair climb with his fellow firefighters, friends, and supporters just one week out of hospital.

 

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Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services proudly display the trophy commemorating the highest number of participants after a grueling 110 floor stair climb on September 9th, 2018. To the far right is event coordinator and fund founder Mike Korsch, retired NYPD and volunteer firefighter who was one of the first on the scene after the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001. He is the father of current Cherokee County Fire Recruit Welsey Korsch, who also participated in the stair climb.
Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services proudly display the trophy commemorating the highest number of participants after a grueling 110 floor stair climb on September 9th, 2018. To the far right is event coordinator and fund founder Mike Korsch, retired NYPD and volunteer firefighter who was one of the first on the scene after the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001. He is the father of current Cherokee County Fire Recruit Welsey Korsch, who also participated in the stair climb. (click image for slideshow)
Cherokee County Fire Recruit School Participants proudly participated in full turnout gear on September 9th, 2018. Photo Credit: Tamarin Gullett
Cherokee County Fire Recruit School Participants proudly participated in full turnout gear on September 9th, 2018. Photo Credit: Tamarin Gullett
Cherokee County Firefighters participated in full gear for the Annual Terry Farrell Memorial Stair Climb on September 9th, 2018 in Cobb County. A 1982 American LaFrance Engine that served New York City was on display for the day. Photo Credit: Tamarin Gullett
Cherokee County Firefighters participated in full gear for the Annual Terry Farrell Memorial Stair Climb on September 9th, 2018 in Cobb County. A 1982 American LaFrance Engine that served New York City was on display for the day. Photo Credit: Tamarin Gullett
Cherokee County Firefighters each wore a lanyard with a photo of a first responder who lost their life during the World Trade Center Attacks in New York City in 2001. Photo Credit: Michele Ice
Cherokee County Firefighters each wore a lanyard with a photo of a first responder who lost their life during the World Trade Center Attacks in New York City in 2001. Photo Credit: Michele Ice
A close-up shot of the Stair Climb Trophy.
A close-up shot of the Stair Climb Trophy.