Valeri, Psy Prof & Firefighter, Climbs to Remember 9-11

On Sept 11, 2001 firefighters, police, and ambulance responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Three-hundred-and-forty-three firefighters were killed in the line of duty that day while attempting to rescue people in the Twin Towers.  To pay tribute to these firefighters, fellow firefighters from around the world climb 110 stories, that’s the number of stories in each of the towers. As a psychology professor and as a volunteer firefighter I recognize the importance of grieving for and memorializing our deceased.  So on Sunday Sept 7, 2014 I, along with 7 other members of the Cuba Fire Department (CFD), participated in a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb held in Binghamton, NY.  These events, not only serve as a tribute to those who died in the line of duty, but also help build bonds between current firefighters and serve to remind us of why we are firefighters.   A broadcast about the Binghamton 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb can be found at To see photos of CFD participants visit and to learn more about or participate in a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb visit