US support for firefighters’ mission

From left Justin Rowe, Mark Naylor, Andy Blades and Terrence Gregg
From left Justin Rowe, Mark Naylor, Andy Blades and Terrence Gregg

A Scarborough firefighter is travelling to the American capital to attend a high profile charity dinner in honour of his fundraising World Record attempt.

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 by Ryedale station manager Andrew Blades, Whitby station manager Mark Naylor and York firefighter Terrence Gregg.

Raising money for UK and US firefighter charities, the team have attracted attention across the states, particularly as no one has ever attempted to run the route before.

After hearing of their plight volunteer firefighter EMT Jason Goldberg has teamed up with events company Halo Group to organise two high profile fundraising dinners.

On September 13 senators, philanthropists and business people will attend a two charity auctions; one in Washington DC and another in New York. All money raised will go towards the firefighter’s chosen charity while helping raise the profile of their mission.

Mr Rowe, who as been invited to attend the dinner in Washington along with Mr Gregg, said: “I can’t wait. The whole thing has really taken off over there. Jason heard what we are doing, and offered his services.It is close to his heart as a lot of people died at the Pentagon as well as New York on 9/11.

“While we are over there we will be doing press and radio interviews too, which will really help us push what we are doing.

“We are all in training now for the event, and have a strict regime up to August next year. Alongside that we will be organising fundraising events both here and in New York.”

The World Record attempt will see the team start at Staten Island, from which they will run through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhatten, Bronx and Harlem. They will finish their challenge by taking part in the annual Tunnel to Tower Run, held in memory of Stephen Stiller. Following the run the team will lay a wreath at Ground Zero from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in memory of the New York Fire Department and First Responders who died during 9-11.

All money raised by the team in America will be donated to the Stephen Stiller Foundation. Stephen Stiller was a New York firefighter who on 9/11 went off duty and ran 5k with 70lbs of equipment to join his colleagues at the Twin Towers. Sadly he lost his life. Money raised in the UK will go to the UK Firefighter Charity.

To sponsor the team for the New York City Fire House Run 2013 visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NYFireHouseRun