The New Orleans 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a race, but rather a tribute honoring the 343 firefighters, 60 law enforcement officers, and 8 emergency medical technicians that made the ultimate sacrifice with their life on September 11th, 2001. The event's first year was 2016 and every individual on the event staff works solely on a volunteer basis. I was a volunteer photographer in 2017, the event's 2nd year. I went back in 2018 because I was inspired seeing the 411 first responders that register for the event climbing 110 floors fulfilling the promise to "NEVER FORGET".
Witnessing the event provides spectators (family, friends and the general public) both an inspiring experience and intense reminder of the sacrifice, dedication and commitment required of those who serve and protect their communities around the world.
All climbers wear a lanyard with the name and picture of a fallen hero who perished on September 11th, 2001. The New Orleans Stair Climb also honors and remembers the first responders from across Louisiana who have died in the Line of Duty. All proceeds from our event are donated back to families of fallen Louisiana first responders.
This image of the playful dalmatian was captured just before the opening ceremony of the 2018 event held in the 400 Poydras Tower. The 411 climbers were gathered at the corner of Poydras Street and Magazine Street so we could get a big group shot. I was up on a scissor lift taking the group photo and I spotted the pup. I wanted to get over there ASAP. Once the lift was lowered, which seemed forever, I jumped off and ran over to dog. I was able to capture a few photos of this special moment just before the opening ceremony started.