Taymax Group Helps Firefighters Pay Tribute to 9/11 First Responders
This year was the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Centers, and the Taymax Group helped two firefighters undertake a stair climb to remember the fallen at their Napanee, Ontario location. Jared Fletcher, director of marketing, explained that many Planet Fitness® locations have firefighters come in to do stair climbs on 9/11 to pay tribute to those who lost their lives that tragic day.
The way the event got its start wasn’t complicated. “Two members who are local firefighters asked if they could do the climbing in all of their gear and our staff happily obliged,” Fletcher said. It was as simple as that.
The two firefighters, one from the Greater Napanee Emergency Services (GNES) Fire Department and one with the Stone Mills Fire Department, came to the Napanee Planet Fitness with the goal of climbing 220 floors, which represents the 110 floors going up and 110 floors going down inside the World Trade Center, according to an article from The Napanee Beaver. The same article goes on to mention that there were 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters who lost their lives that day as they worked to rescue people from the towers. Instead of simply climbing the 220 floors, in and of itself no small feat, the two firefighters wanted to do the climb in full gear.
Along with allowing the firefighters to use the club’s equipment, the Taymax Group was pleased to donate $500 to the GNES and Stone Mills’ Fire Fit teams. “Government services are an essential part of our communities and we strive to support them as much as we can,” Fletcher said. “Many of our members are firefighters or have family and friends who are fire fighters. Supporting them helps Planet Fitness get engrained into local communities and gives our members a sense of pride to be part of Planet Fitness.”
Fletcher hopes to continue this event in future years to remember 9/11. He explained that the Taymax Group participates in other events to support firefighters and hopes to continue to find opportunities like this to support the community throughout the year.