YMCA to host firefighters’ tribute, fundraising event

Officers of the Wabash Elks Lodge No.471 present Wabash firefighters Jeff Krom and Dennis Vigar a check for $500 to be used toward the Sept. 11 fundraising campaign to send a child to the Indiana Burn Camp. Officers participating in the presentation were Exalted Ruler Joseph Slacian, Esquire Wendy Frazier, Chaplain Jennie Terrell and Lecturing Knight Wade Weaver. Photo provided

By Bill Barrows

On Sept. 11, local firemen from around Wabash County will again honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 by taking their turn climbing stairs to symbolize the 343 lives lost that day.

Firemen and first  responders will gather at the Wabash County YMCA to remember and celebrate those who died in the line of duty during the attacks that day.

This year the firefighters are accepting donations during the event to send kids to Hoosier Burn Camp. The camp is for kids 8-18 who have suffered a burn injury. The cost to send one child to camp is $1,100. The goal for 9/11 is to raise enough money to send a child to the camp.

Last week, the Wabash Elks Lodge No.471 contributed $500 toward the firefighters’ efforts.

Donations may be left at the Wabash Fire Department or mailed to the station. Firemen will have a boot at the Y on 9/11 to accept donations. In addition, all guests at the Y on 9/11 will be able to purchase day passes to the Y for $3.43 that will be donated to the Burn Camp effort.

The firemen will begin their climbs at the Y on the stair steppers at about 5 a.m. and will continue all day long. This has become an annual event for fire personnel and one that is taken seriously as those involved  normally wear their entire fire equipment to make the climb.

Posted on 2015 Sep 01