Firefighters get support from NY

Scarborough firefighter Justin Rowe, standing second left, presenting a silver embroidered North Yorks Fire & Rescue Service cap badge with captain Jack Keilty, right, to Frank and Olivia Stiller.
Scarborough firefighter Justin Rowe, standing second left, presenting a silver embroidered North Yorks Fire & Rescue Service cap badge with captain Jack Keilty, right, to Frank and Olivia Stiller.

A SCARBOROUGH firefighter’s plans to enter the world record books are gathering pace as his fundraising challenge gets the green light in New York.

Justin Rowe, who lives in Scarborough and is watch manager at Malton Fire Station, is planning to run to every fire house in New York in seven days.

He will be joined in the challenge by Ryedale station manager Andrew Blades, Whitby station manager Mark Naylor and York firefighter Terrence Gregg.

Now, following a trip to New York to meet the city’s fire department captain Jack Keilty, the all-clear has been given to complete the run.

Mr Rowe said: “The trip to New York was an experience I will never forget. When we arrived at the fire department’s head quarters in Brooklyn as I mark of respect I paid a visit to a remembrance wall of all the fallen New York firefighters.

“I then had a meeting with Captain John Tronolone, which was very positive. New York Fire Department are now going to provide us with maps for the run.”

The challenge will see the team start at Staten Island, and run through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Harlem before they finish by completing the annual 5k Tunnel to Tower Run, which is held in memory of New York firefighter Stephen Siller who lost his life in 9/11.

Mr Rowe and his colleagues will then lay a wreath at Ground Zero on behalf of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in memory of the New York Fire Department and First Responders who also lost their lives during the tragedy.

Their challenge, which they plan to complete in September 2013, will raise money for The Stephen Siller Foundation, supporting injured US firefighters, and the UK Fire Fighter Charity.

While in New York Mr Rowe visited the Stephen Siller Foundation where he met the brother and daughter of Stephen Siller, and presented them with a badge from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Mr Rowe said: “I was a very humbling experience when I handed over the badge, they were a lovely family. I had to keep pinching myself to remember where I was throughout the trip and the scale of the task that lies ahead.”