Sunday, September 17, 2023

Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Take Part in 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Lancaster

On a solemn Sunday morning, Schuylkill County Firefighters paid tribute to the heroes of 9/11 by participating in the 13th annual Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. 

This heartfelt event took place at Clipper Stadium, the home of the Lancaster Barnstormers, bringing together firefighters from across several states to remember the fallen and support their families.

Participants in this meaningful event took on the daunting challenge of climbing the equivalent of 110 stories, all while carrying a picture badge of one of the brave FDNY firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day in 2001. The Stair Climb serve a noble purpose, as they raise funds for programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). These programs offer vital support to the families of local firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the FDNY Counseling Services Unit.

Schuylkill County was well-represented in this moving tribute, with volunteer firefighters Collin Atkinson hailing from the Phoenix Fire Company in Pottsville, David Vidzicki Jr. from the Middleport Fire Company, and Jim Dellock and Scott Sharp from the Altamont Fire Company in Frackville. 

From neighboring Northumberland County, Nathan Scicchitano, who is a Jr. Member of Mount Carmel Township's Strong Fire Company.

These dedicated members of the fire service stood alongside hundreds of other first responders from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is more than just a physical challenge; it's a heartfelt demonstration of solidarity and remembrance, ensuring that the sacrifices of those brave firefighters on 9/11 are never forgotten.

** Editor's Note:  The firefighters listed in this story are those were made aware of.  If others from Schuylkill County took part, please let us know by emailing us at

Above photo by Don Scicchitano / D. Scicchitano Photography

Below photos by Steph Sharp